Two Minutes in the Garden

Two Minutes in the Garden

Bite-sized informative updates on gardening basics, solutions, myths, news and other subjects of interest to gardeners both new and experienced. From the popular Empress of Dirt website (empressofdirt.net), home of creative and frugal ideas for your backyard garden.... Show More

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September 25, 2020 5 min

We found the usual advice not to put potatoes in the fridge was pretty iffy, but what about their close relatives -- tomatoes?

NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: How to Overwinter Potted Trees in a Cold Climate

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September 22, 2020 5 min

The usual advice given to gardeners is not to store potatoes in the fridge. But is this good advice and what is it based on?

NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: Get a Better Spring Garden With These Fall Tasks

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September 19, 2020 6 min

How should you store potatoes and how long will they keep? And is it safe to eat green potatoes?

NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: How Nature Tells Us It’s Fall Bulb Planting Time

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September 16, 2020 5 min

They're the world's most popular vegetable. End of the season is the time to harvest mature potatoes, but you have to be careful when you do.

NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: How to Grow a Pollinator-Friendly Front Garden Without Freaking Out Your Neighbors

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September 11, 2020 5 min

It may not the world's best known vegetable, but Swiss chard is a favorite for many gardeners all through the fall.

NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: How To Save Tomato Seeds From The Fruit

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September 6, 2020 5 min

If not chosen carefully, plants for alternative lawns can end up being mushy or patchy and needing frequent reseeding. And you'll probably want a mix of several different kinds.

NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: How to Replace Lawn With Wildflower Seed Mix

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Some lawn alternatives can be pretty wild -- maybe too wild for your neighbours or your neighbourhood, but there are way to help manage that.

NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: How to Replace Lawn With Wildflower Seed Mix

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August 31, 2020 5 min

When we talk about alternative lawns, we could mean an alternative TO a lawn -- such as a meadow -- or an alternative FORM of something we'd still recognize as a lawn. You can take either path.

NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: How to Replace Lawn With Wildflower Seed Mix

BOOKS mentioned in this episode:

  • Tapestry Lawns by Lionel Smith
  • Lawns Into Meadows by Owen Wormser
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    August 28, 2020 4 min

    We're less obsessed today with the traditional "perfect lawn" -- and the water and chemicals needed to achieve it. But lawns aren't going away -- and there's increased interest in alternative kinds of lawns.

    NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: How to Replace Lawn With Wildflower Seed Mix

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    August 24, 2020 5 min

    We rely on adventitious roots for plant propagation -- as does the horticultural industry. Sometimes we force them and with some plants they happen naturally.

    NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: Complete Fall Gardening Checklist (Free Printable)

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    August 21, 2020 5 min

    Flowers, leaves and stems need healthy roots to thrive. And how far from the trunk do a tree's roots extend?

    POPULAR THIS WEEK at Empress of Dirt: 4 Easy Ways to Overwinter Geraniums (Pelargoniums)

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    August 18, 2020 4 min

    How do plant roots work? What are the different kinds of roots -- and why are they important to plants?

    NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: How to Take Cuttings from Geraniums (Pelargoniums)

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    August 14, 2020 6 min

    What's the best way to store your leftover seeds? Or is there a best way? Is the fridge better than a drawer? And what about a freezer?

    POPULAR THIS WEEK from Empress of Dirt: 25 Annual and Perennial Flower Seeds to Sow in Fall (Printable List)

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    If you found thale cress in your garden, you'd probably pull it out. Even insects don't find it interesting. But much of what we know about flowering plants comes from this weed.

    NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: How to Make a Butterfly Water Feeder

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    There are different ways to make cuttings and different times of the year to make them, but they're all pretty easy to learn.

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    How to Grow Clematis from Cuttings

    How to Grow African Violets from Leaf Cuttings

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    It's used in all sorts of things from pool filters to kitty litter -- and in gardening diatomaceous earth is touted as an effective organic pesticide.

    NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: How to Build a Simple Staircase Plant Stand

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    It's a very popular garden flower from the mint family that not only adds vibrant colour to your garden, but also attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

    READ MORE at Empress of Dirt: How to Grow Bee Balm (Monarda) and Attract Pollinators

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    It's one of the most popular plants grown in gardens around the world -- and one of the biggest vegetable crops worldwide. But it wasn't always that way.

    NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: 12 Super Simple Garden Art Ideas

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    July 24, 2020 7 min

    We'd all prefer a simple solution, but preventing blossom-end rot isn't as easy as adding calcium to your soil -- or even consistent watering.

    NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: 20 Ideas For Old Doors and Windows in the Garden

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    July 20, 2020 7 min

    What can you do to avoid getting Japanese beetles in your garden -- or at least reduce the damage they do? And do traps do more harm than good?

    NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: Grow a Fall-Winter Vegetable Garden (and When to Start)

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