Two Minutes in the Garden: Gardening Tips, Science, Myths

Two Minutes in the Garden: Gardening Tips, Science, Myths

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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October 19, 2020 5 min

Some people are still reluctant to "leave the leaves" -- and one objection is that leaves will "rob the soil" of an essential nutrient.

NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: 4 Easy Ways to Overwinter Geraniums

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October 16, 2020 4 min

There's lots of good nutrients in fall leaves -- and we know not to send them to landfill -- but can we really just "leave the leaves"?

NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: How to Grow Cover Crops to Improve Your Garden Soil

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October 11, 2020 5 min

You'll find all sorts of conflicting advice online about planting depth, but does it really make much of a difference how deep you put your bulbs?

MORE FROM Empress of Dirt: What to Prune in Fall and What Should Wait

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When it comes to planting bulbs, you'll hear a lot of old school advice -- but how much of it should you follow? And how can you protect bulbs from squirrels and other wildlife?

MORE FROM Empress of Dirt: 20 Flower Bulbs to Plant for Spring Pollinators

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October 5, 2020 4 min

You'll hear a lot of conflicting advice about when to plant bulbs in the fall. You have a range of options, and each has strengths and weaknesses.

MORE FROM Empress of Dirt: 20 Flowering Bulbs to Plant in Fall

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October 1, 2020 4 min

Will green tomatoes make you sick? As with green potatoes, they do contain higher concentrations of a toxin, but is it anything to be concerned about?

NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: When is it Too Late to Plant Trees in Fall?

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September 26, 2020 5 min

We found the usual advice not to put potatoes in the fridge was 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 23, 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 20, 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 17, 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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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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September 12, 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 7, 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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September 1, 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 29, 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 25, 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 22, 2020 4 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 19, 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 15, 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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