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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December 10, 2019 2 min

There are all sorts of secret recipes out there, but caring for your tree is really pretty simple.

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December 7, 2019 2 min

We all know about tree rings, but there's a lot to know about trees and how they grow.

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December 7, 2019 2 min

What can you do with your poinsettias after Christmas? Many end up in the garbage, but there are much better alternatives.

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December 1, 2019 2 min

This month, hundreds of people will post very considerate reminders that poinsettias are poisonous to pets. But how dangerous are they?

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November 28, 2019 3 min

For gardeners on your Christmas gift list -- some ideas for practical gifts they'll enjoy.

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Thursday is Thanksgiving in the U.S. -- the only holiday we have that's based, in part, on growing vegetables.

READ THE LATEST from Empress of Dirt: Homemade Peanut Butter Suet (Easy Recipe)

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November 22, 2019 2 min

Most of us love our garden centers. An annual survey says most of them in the U.S. and Canada had a pretty good 2019.

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Lots of stories about how it's been a great year for acorns in many areas. Why is there so much variation from year to year?

READ THE LATEST from Empress of Dirt: How to Make Crispy Baked Veggie Snack Chips

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Propagation from cuttings has become a hot topic in recent years. The best way to learn is to dive in. And a pothos is a great place to start.

READ MORE at Empress of Dirt: How to Root Pothos Cuttings

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November 13, 2019 2 min

Monday was the 100th anniversary of the first Remembrance Day. For almost that entire century, its main symbol hass been the poppy.

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November 10, 2019 2 min

The Global Seed Vault is about 800 miles from the North Pole and keeps a million of the world's most important seeds safe.

READ MORE at Empress of Dirt: The Global Seed Vault -- Safeguarding Food Seeds for the Future

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November 5, 2019 2 min

It's the end of the growing season, but by forcing bulbs indoors, you can still have fresh flowers in just a few weeks.

READ MORE at Empress of Dirt: How to Force Flowering Bulbs Indoors and Get the Timing Just Right

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Pumpkins may have been the first cultivated plant in North and Central America -- nearly 10,000 years ago.

READ THE LATEST from Empress of Dirt: How to Grow Flower Bulbs for Beginner Gardeners

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Every year at this time millions of pumpkins get thrown in the garbage. For gardeners, there's a simple alternative.

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October 27, 2019 2 min

Freezing temperatures are on the way -- what can you do to keep your pond fish alive and well through the winter?

READ THE LATEST at Empress of Dirt: Beginner Watercolor Painting with Painterly Days

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October 22, 2019 2 min

In some areas, it's not rare to see blue jays appearing to eating paint. There's a good explanation.

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Some years, the colors are more vibrant than others. Same trees, same place and time. Why so much variation?

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For most of us in the U.S. and Canada, they've left our gardens and are heading toward Mexico and Central America.

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October 16, 2019 2 min

For a long time we had a good explanation for why leaves change colour. Now we're a little less certain.

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Dehydration is a great way to have the fruit your harvested available to eat all through the winter.

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