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.

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August 13, 2022 2 min

The nights are starting to get colder and we're coming to that time of year when gardeners ask: when is it too late to plant my bulbs?

Read more at Empress of Dirt: How Nature Tells Us It's Fall Bulb Planting Time

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Is salt environmentally safe and harmless in your garden?

Read more at Empress of Dirt: Is Salt a Good Weed Killer? What to Know First

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Looking at Christmas and Thanksgiving cacti and how to encourage blooming.

Read more at Empress of Dirt: Holiday Cactus Care and Blooming Tips

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Coffee grounds can be used in the garden but may provide fewer benefits than you've heard.

Read more at Empress of Dirt: Are Coffee Grounds Good for the Garden?

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August 13, 2022 2 min

You could just put the tree out for recycling -- or try one of the creative projects we've listed.

Read more at Empress of Dirt: 25 Creative Ways to Reuse Christmas Trees

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August 13, 2022 2 min

Fall is a great time for planting trees, but when is it too cold and too late in the season?

Read more at Empress of Dirt: When is it too Late to Plant Trees in Fall?

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August 13, 2022 2 min

What does it mean to be an organic seed? Do organic seeds result in organic plants?

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It was common practice to place coarse materials at the bottom of pots. An interesting example of how gardening advice can evolve over time.

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August 13, 2022 2 min

There are better, safer alternatives to get any benefits baking soda may provide.

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Three greens for one brown! Or is that three browns for one green? Two? Or is it 30 to 1?

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August 13, 2022 2 min

Fall is a perfect time to examine your garden and come up with a pruning plan for the coming months.

Read more at Empress of Dirt: What to Prune in Fall and What Should Wait

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Gardeners love earthworms, but scientists looking at their effect on our forests are much less likely to praise them.

Read more at Empress of Dirt: Are Earthworms Truly Good for Our Gardens?

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August 13, 2022 2 min

Avocados are very popular, but the seeds usually get thrown out. Is eating them a good idea?

Read more at Empress of Dirt: Are Avocado Seeds Safe to Eat?

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Continuing our look at different types of seeds that you can buy -- or in this case even produce your own, because today we're looking at open-pollinated seeds.

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Seed catalogs have been part of the gardener's planning process for over a century.

Read more at Empress of Dirt: The History of Seed & Nursery Catalogs for Gardeners

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August 13, 2022 2 min

Hummingbird feeders in the fall -- do you need to take them down or risk disrupting their migration?

Read more at Empress of Dirt: When to Stop Feeding Hummingbirds in Fall

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Talking to plants -- lots of people do it and some insist that it helps plants grow. Is there evidence to support this?

Read more at Empress of Dirt: Does Talking to Plants Really Help Them Grow?

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August 13, 2022 2 min

Rooftop farms are becoming increasingly popular in cities around the world as a way to grow food in dense cities without requiring the use of any new land.

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August 13, 2022 2 min

We tend to be so anxious about making sure our garden gets enough water that it's easy to forget you can go too far the other way.

Read more at Empress of Dirt: Wilted Plants? You Could Be Overwatering

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August 13, 2022 2 min

Dish soap is often recommended for use in the garden, but how safe is it?

Read more at Empress of Dirt: Is Dish Soap Safe for the Garden?

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