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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July 30, 2021 6 min

Variegation is very highly sought after, both in houseplants and for the garden. What is variegation and what challenges can it create for gardeners?

NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: 17 Flower Seeds to Sow Mid-Summer

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Maybe the best-known attribute of sunflowers is that they follow the sun as it moves across the sky during the day. But do they? Or is it just a popular misconception?

NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: How to Make a Birdcage Flower Planter

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Their flowers aren't exactly flowers and their seeds aren't actually seeds, but sunflowers are one of the world's most recognizable and loved garden plants.

NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: Free Raised Bed Building Plans

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Sunflowers are very easy to grow and pretty low-maintenance. You just need to get a few things right -- and make sure you buy the right seeds.

NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: 10 Surprisingly Good Dollar Store Finds for Gardeners

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All those extra petals provide a dense bundle of color, so gardeners love them. But pollinators and other garden wildlife may take a different view.

NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: 24 Clever Garden Problem-Solvers Using Household Items

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Extended periods of hot temperatures can create stress for your plants and cause damage -- some that you can see and some you can't. What can you can do about it?

NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: DIY Raised Garden Bed with Built-in Privacy Wall

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Bolting can ruin your vegetables in a blink of an eye. You can sometimes avoid it, but it's really just part of the natural lifecycle of plants.

NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: When to Take Plant Cuttings (Season By Season)

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Why would we ever want to wound our plants? Can we really get more growth by cutting parts off? And what about more blooms?

READ MORE at Empress of Dirt: How to Deadhead Flowers for More Blooms

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It's one of the most common garden diseases and one that gardeners quickly learn to identify. What is it and can we do anything about it?

NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: How to Create a Dream Garden on a Low Budget

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It's a popular organic insecticide touted for being effective on caterpillars and harmless to people. How does it work? And does it live up to its billing?

NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: Tips & Tools for Sowing Tiny Seeds

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Some plants have developed flowers that send a message to pollinators -- hey come check this out, you won't be disappointed.

NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: 14 Birdbath Planter Ideas for Your Garden

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Concluding our look at moon gardening. Is there reason to believe we'd get better results in the garden if we planted by moon phases and the zodiac?

NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: Forget the Epsom Salts -- It's a Garden Myth

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Lots of people love to do it, others have a hard time taking it seriously. Much of the growth in popularity in moon gardening over the last century is due to the influence of Rudolf Steiner.

NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: Plant Patents and Home Gardens: What You Need to Know

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Lots of people love to do it ... many others think it's wacky. Is there any basis for gardening by the phase of the moon?

NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: 5 Smart Garden Uses for This Dollar Store Waste Basket

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It's been riding a wave of popularity since Joel Karsten's book came out in 2013. What is straw bale gardening, and why might you want to try it?

NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: Clematis 101 Easy Care Guide

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May 18, 2021 6 min

Millions of people have bought the book over the last 40 years. Is square foot gardening something you might want to try in your garden?

NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: 12 Creative Crafty Uses for Slow Cookers

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May 13, 2021 5 min

You name it, and milk is suggested as a solution in the garden -- a fungicide, insecticide, bactericide, fertilizer, biostimulant, disinfectant, hand sanitizer and more. Is there actually something to it?

NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: 25 Vegetable Garden Ideas for Any Size Space

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May 8, 2021 7 min

They're not always the most welcome plant in the garden, although many people like to have dandelions -- for themselves and ... maybe for bees too?

NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: How to Make Fossil Imprint Stepping-Stones

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Most of us would probably call ourselves organic gardeners to some degree -- and maybe entirely. But what is organic gardening, exactly?

NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: The History of Seed & Nursery Catalogs for Gardeners

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April 29, 2021 7 min

You buy a plant from the garden center, bring it home, love it, and decide to divide it or take some cuttings so you can have even more. But in some cases you're actually breaking the law.

NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: 50 Creative Garden Shed Ideas

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