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

By Empress of Dirt

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.

  1. 1.
    What You May Not Know About Pumpkins10/24/2020
    6:03
  2. 2.
    Do Leaves Rob the Soil?10/19/2020
    5:02
  3. 3.
    What Should We Do With Fall Leaves?10/16/2020
    4:50
  4. 4.
    How Deep Should You Plant Bulbs?10/11/2020
    5:02
  5. 5.
    Planting Bulbs and Keeping them Safe from Wildlife10/08/2020
    4:22
  6. 6.
    When is the Best Time to Plant Bulbs?10/05/2020
    4:53
  7. 7.
    Are Green Tomatoes Safe to Eat?10/01/2020
    4:55
  8. 8.
    Should Tomatoes Go in the Refrigerator?09/26/2020
    5:29
  1. 9.
    Do Potatoes Belong in the Refrigerator?09/23/2020
    5:49
  2. 10.
    Storing Potatoes Safely09/20/2020
    6:08
  3. 11.
    When to Harvest Potatoes09/17/2020
    5:02
  4. 12.
    Growing Chard in Your Garden09/12/2020
    5:49
  5. 13.
    Choosing Plants for Alternative Lawns09/07/2020
    5:21
  6. 14.
    Lawn Alternatives: What Will the Neighbors Think?09/04/2020
    4:54
  7. 15.
    The Search For Alternative Lawns09/01/2020
    5:04
  8. 16.
    Lawns: Both Loved and Loathed08/29/2020
    4:56
  9. 17.
    Roots We Use to Make New Plants08/25/2020
    5:01
  10. 18.
    Healthy Shoots Need Healthy Roots08/22/2020
    4:59
  11. 19.
    Understanding Plant Roots08/19/2020
    4:55
  12. 20.
    The Best Way to Store Seeds08/15/2020
    6:15
  13. 21.
    The Weed that Became One of the World's Most Important Plants08/12/2020
    4:44
  14. 22.
    Get Free Plants You'll Love with Cuttings08/08/2020
    5:19
  15. 23.
    Prevent Pests Organically with Diatomaceous Earth08/04/2020
    5:48
  16. 24.
    How to Grow Bee Balm and Attract Pollinators08/01/2020
    4:16
  17. 25.
    Tomatoes: The Most Popular Garden Veggie07/29/2020
    5:16
  18. 26.
    Preventing Blossom-End Rot07/25/2020
    7:01
  19. 27.
    How to Get Rid of Japanese Beetles07/21/2020
    7:56
  20. 28.
    Japanese Beetles: The Basics07/18/2020
    5:26
  21. 29.
    Is That a Bee? Or a Wasp?07/15/2020
    4:27
  22. 30.
    Which Bees Should We Worry About?07/12/2020
    4:48
  23. 31.
    Identifying and Treating Plant Disease07/09/2020
    4:24
  24. 32.
    Controlling Disease in Your Garden07/06/2020
    4:58
  25. 33.
    Disease in Your Garden: The Challenges07/03/2020
    4:13
  26. 34.
    Plant Diseases: A First Look06/30/2020
    4:10
  27. 35.
    Growing Lavender in Your Garden06/25/2020
    4:54
  28. 36.
    Stay Safe From the Sun While Gardening06/22/2020
    5:36
  29. 37.
    Companion Planting: Why the Skepticism?06/18/2020
    6:31
  30. 38.
    How Companion Planting Might Work06/15/2020
    4:15
  31. 39.
    Companion Planting: A First Look06/12/2020
    4:47
  32. 40.
    Removing Weeds From Your Garden06/09/2020
    4:03
  33. 41.
    Don't Accidentally Add Weeds to Your Garden06/06/2020
    3:55
  34. 42.
    How to Get Fewer Weeds06/02/2020
    5:04
  35. 43.
    Weeds in Your Garden05/30/2020
    4:38
  36. 44.
    Is Biochar Right for Your Garden?05/27/2020
    4:55
  37. 45.
    Do You Need to Use Fertilizer?05/23/2020
    4:13
  38. 46.
    Fertilizers: Organic vs Synthetic05/20/2020
    4:59
  39. 47.
    Questionable Fertilizer Formulas05/17/2020
    3:50
  40. 48.
    Most Important Lesson on Nutrients05/14/2020
    3:39
  41. 49.
    Nutrients Your Plants Need to Thrive05/11/2020
    3:48
  42. 50.
    Soil pH: Change It or Adapt to It?05/08/2020
    3:27
  43. 51.
    Why Ions are Critical to Plants05/05/2020
    3:18
  44. 52.
    The Difference Between Annual and Perennial05/02/2020
    2:51
  45. 53.
    Growing Strawberries in Your Garden04/29/2020
    2:57
  46. 54.
    Get Your Seedlings Ready for Life Outdoors04/26/2020
    3:04
  47. 55.
    Mulch Volcanoes: A Gardener's Peeve04/23/2020
    2:45
  48. 56.
    How Mulch Benefits Your Garden04/20/2020
    2:50
  49. 57.
    Mulch in Your Garden: A First Look04/17/2020
    2:50
  50. 58.
    A Quick Look at Victory Gardens04/14/2020
    2:54
  51. 59.
    How To Read Seed Packets04/11/2020
    2:48
  52. 60.
    The Best Time to Sow Seeds Outdoors04/08/2020
    2:46
  53. 61.
    Avoid Overwatering Your Plants04/05/2020
    2:43
  54. 62.
    Should We Worry About Walnut Trees in the Garden?04/02/2020
    3:19
  55. 63.
    Do Walnut Trees Kill Other Plants?03/30/2020
    2:55
  56. 64.
    Getting to Know Hummingbirds03/27/2020
    2:57
  57. 65.
    Hummingbirds Are On Their Way!03/24/2020
    2:48
  58. 66.
    Plenty to Do in the Garden03/21/2020
    2:50
  59. 67.
    Fling Into Spring03/18/2020
    2:44
  60. 68.
    What Can You Do About Soil Texture?03/15/2020
    2:54
  61. 69.
    How to Know Your Soil Texture03/12/2020
    2:57
  62. 70.
    What Determines Soil Texture?03/09/2020
    2:58
  63. 71.
    Soil: The Foundation of a Garden03/04/2020
    2:58
  64. 72.
    Garden Bulb Basics03/01/2020
    2:59
  65. 73.
    Extending the Longevity of Seeds02/27/2020
    2:53
  66. 74.
    How to Avoid Damping-Off02/24/2020
    2:57
  67. 75.
    Damping-Off: Causes and Appearance02/21/2020
    2:58
  68. 76.
    Watering Options for Seedlings02/18/2020
    2:58
  69. 77.
    The Right Lights for Starting Seeds02/15/2020
    2:55
  70. 78.
    Starting Seeds: Temperature and Planting Depth02/12/2020
    2:50
  71. 79.
    Starting Seeds Indoors: What Seeds Need02/09/2020
    2:54
  72. 80.
    Germination: Where Seeds Become Seedlings02/06/2020
    2:52
  73. 81.
    Seeds: The Embryo of the Plant02/03/2020
    2:59
  74. 82.
    How a Tomato is a Fruit and a Vegetable01/30/2020
    2:59
  75. 83.
    How Flowering Plants Create Seeds01/28/2020
    2:56
  76. 84.
    Supporting Mycorrhizal Fungi in Your Soil01/27/2020
    2:54
  77. 85.
    Should You Buy Mycorrhizal Inoculants?01/24/2020
    2:57
  78. 86.
    How Your Garden Benefits from Mycorrhiza01/21/2020
    2:57
  79. 87.
    How Mycorrhizal Fungi Help Plants Grow01/18/2020
    2:53
  80. 88.
    The Flower That Grows Entirely Underground01/15/2020
    2:57
  81. 89.
    How to Push the Winter Blues Aside01/12/2020
    2:40
  82. 90.
    Does Wood Chip Mulch Steal Nitrogen from Your Soil?01/09/2020
    2:50
  83. 91.
    Nitrogen: The Most Important Nutrient for Your Plants01/06/2020
    2:56
  84. 92.
    Are Gardeners Happier than Non-Gardeners?01/03/2020
    2:58
  85. 93.
    Eating Healthier with a Keto Diet12/31/2019
    2:54
  86. 94.
    Creative Ways to Reuse a Christmas Tree12/28/2019
    2:47
  87. 95.
    The Annual Christmas Bird Count12/25/2019
    2:58
  88. 96.
    What Makes a Tree a Tree?12/22/2019
    3:00
  89. 97.
    Grow Vegetables Indoors This Winter12/19/2019
    2:51
  90. 98.
    Does Hairspray Help Christmas Trees Keep Needles?12/16/2019
    2:54
  91. 99.
    Keeping Your Christmas Tree Fresh12/11/2019
    2:56
  92. 100.
    Some Tree Basics: Rings and Trunks12/08/2019
    2:49
  93. 101.
    Can Poinsettias Rebloom Next Year?12/05/2019
    2:50
  94. 102.
    Are Poinsettias Poisonous to Pets?12/02/2019
    2:58
  95. 103.
    Gifts That Gardeners Will Use11/29/2019
    3:07
  96. 104.
    Thanksgiving: Celebrating the Fall Harvest11/26/2019
    2:52
  97. 105.
    The State of the Garden Center Industry11/23/2019
    2:44
  98. 106.
    Why Are There Many More Acorns Some Years?11/20/2019
    2:53
  99. 107.
    Propagating Plants With Cuttings: A First Look11/17/2019
    2:51
  100. 108.
    Poppies: From Weed to Remembrance Icon11/14/2019
    2:52
  101. 109.
    Keeping the World's Seeds Safe11/11/2019
    2:58
  102. 110.
    Have Fresh Flowers Through Winter11/06/2019
    2:48
  103. 111.
    Pumpkins: From Bitter Fruit to Fall Icon11/03/2019
    2:57
  104. 112.
    Keep Your Halloween Pumpkins Out of Landfill10/31/2019
    2:47
  105. 113.
    Keep Pond Fish Safe in Freezing Weather10/28/2019
    2:56
  106. 114.
    Why Do Blue Jays Eat House Paint?10/23/2019
    2:45
  107. 115.
    Why Are Some Falls More Colorful Than Others?10/20/2019
    2:52
  108. 116.
    Why Do Leaves Change Color in the Fall?10/17/2019
    2:47
  109. 117.
    Extend the Life of Your Fruit with Dehydration10/14/2019
    2:56
  110. 118.
    Where Do Hummingbirds Go For the Winter?10/09/2019
    2:51
  111. 119.
    How to Hand-Feed Wild Birds10/06/2019
    2:36
  112. 120.
    Should You Plant Cover Crops in Your Garden?10/03/2019
    2:51
  113. 121.
    Cover Crops in Your Home Garden09/30/2019
    2:49
  114. 122.
    When to Harvest Winter Squash09/25/2019
    2:48
  115. 123.
    How to Tell if a Watermelon is Ripe09/21/2019
    2:58
  116. 124.
    Do Balanced Fertilizers Makes Sense For You?09/19/2019
    2:52
  117. 125.
    Rubber Mulch: Benefits and Toxicity09/16/2019
    2:51
  118. 126.
    Ripening Green Tomatoes09/11/2019
    2:45
  119. 127.
    The Controversy Around Peat in Gardening09/08/2019
    2:56
  120. 128.
    Is it Safe to Use Rainwater from the Roof in Your Garden?09/05/2019
    2:52
  121. 129.
    Plastic Waste and Gardening09/02/2019
    2:49
  122. 130.
    Plant Propagation: The Basics08/30/2019
    2:59
  123. 131.
    Get Started on Plant Propagation08/27/2019
    2:53
  124. 132.
    Vermicomposting: Avoid Common Problems08/24/2019
    2:48
  125. 133.
    Best Worms for Vermicomposting08/21/2019
    2:49
  126. 134.
    Why Use Vermicompost?08/19/2019
    2:57
  127. 135.
    Do Cold-Weather Carrots Taste Sweeter?08/16/2019
    3:04
  128. 136.
    How to Stay Safe in the Sun08/14/2019
    2:57
  129. 137.
    Is Sunscreen Safe to Use?08/12/2019
    2:56
  130. 138.
    Watering Tips for Your Garden08/07/2019
    2:55
  131. 139.
    Why Plants Need Water08/04/2019
    2:58
  132. 140.
    Water: Gardening's Essential Ingredient08/01/2019
    2:58
  133. 141.
    Does Watering in the Sun Burn Plants?07/29/2019
    2:50
  134. 142.
    Latin Names for Plants -- Pretentious or Useful?07/24/2019
    2:54
  135. 143.
    Growing Citrus Trees in Cooler Climates07/21/2019
    2:43
  136. 144.
    How to Grow Citrus Trees From Seed07/18/2019
    2:49
  137. 145.
    Poison Ivy on Skin -- What to Do07/15/2019
    2:52
  138. 146.
    Poison Ivy and Why You Want to Avoid It07/10/2019
    2:50
  139. 147.
    Do Plants Have Thoughts and Feelings?07/07/2019
    2:46
  140. 148.
    Do Garden Center Plants Attract Pollinators?07/04/2019
    2:50
  141. 149.
    Get More Flowers This Year by Deadheading07/01/2019
    2:52
  142. 150.
    Best Plants to Attract Pollinators?06/28/2019
    2:46
  143. 151.
    Can Blossom-End Rot be Avoided?06/25/2019
    2:58
  144. 152.
    Ladybugs: Great in the Garden, But Not to Buy06/21/2019
    2:54
  145. 153.
    Skunks in the Garden06/19/2019
    2:54
  146. 154.
    Best Ingredients for Potting Soil Mix06/16/2019
    2:55
  147. 155.
    Is it Safe to Reuse Potting Mix?06/13/2019
    2:48
  148. 156.
    Keep Ants Off Your Hummingbird Feeder06/10/2019
    2:41
  149. 157.
    Are Coffee Grounds a Danger to Your Garden?06/07/2019
    2:53
  150. 158.
    Get Inspired by Garden Tours06/05/2019
    2:44
  151. 159.
    How to Attract Moths to Your Garden06/03/2019
    2:43
  152. 160.
    Moths: Pollinators with a Bad Reputation05/30/2019
    2:48
  153. 161.
    Why are Birds Pecking at Your Window?05/27/2019
    2:50
  154. 162.
    Soil Testing -- Lab vs Home Test Kit05/24/2019
    2:51
  155. 163.
    Soil Testing Options for Your Garden05/22/2019
    2:53
  156. 164.
    Should You Get Your Garden Soil Tested?05/20/2019
    2:56
  157. 165.
    What is pH and Why is it Important?05/17/2019
    2:59
  158. 166.
    Are Tastier Tomatoes on the Way?05/15/2019
    2:45
  159. 167.
    Do Oils, Candles, Plants Keep Mosquitoes Away?05/13/2019
    2:57
  160. 168.
    Four Proven Mosquito Repellents05/10/2019
    2:57
  161. 169.
    Alternatives to DEET in the Garden05/08/2019
    2:49
  162. 170.
    Gardening Without Mosquito Bites05/06/2019
    2:57
  163. 171.
    Dubious Method for Weed Control05/02/2019
    2:53
  164. 172.
    Backyard Farming ... in 1889!04/29/2019
    2:51
  165. 173.
    What to Do if You Find Bones in Your Garden04/26/2019
    2:37
  166. 174.
    Were Vegetables More Nutritious in the Past?04/23/2019
    2:49
  167. 175.
    Is Gardening as Good as Going to the Gym?04/19/2019
    2:53
  168. 176.
    Do Feeders Increase Bird-Window Collisions?04/17/2019
    2:42
  169. 177.
    Reducing Bird-Window Collisions04/14/2019
    2:46
  170. 178.
    Are People Oblivious to Plants?04/11/2019
    2:46
  171. 179.
    Should You be Gardening by the Moon?04/07/2019
    2:46
  172. 180.
    Can Gardening Help our Memory as We Get Older?04/04/2019
    2:58
  173. 181.
    Do Pine Needles Make Soil Acidic?04/01/2019
    2:48
  174. 182.
    Do Marigolds Help Tomatoes?03/29/2019
    2:44
  175. 183.
    Get Ready for Hummingbirds!03/26/2019
    2:47
  176. 184.
    Spring Checklist - Time to Get Started!03/23/2019
    2:48
  177. 185.
    A Butterfly's Astonishing Migration03/20/2019
    2:56
  178. 186.
    Our Favorite Gardening TV Show03/15/2019
    2:53
  179. 187.
    Do Hummingbird Feeders Spread Disease?03/14/2019
    2:45
  180. 188.
    How to Change the Color of Hydrangea03/11/2019
    2:56
  181. 189.
    Should You Use Compost Tea in Your Garden?03/08/2019
    2:51
  182. 190.
    The Compost Tea Debate - Part 203/06/2019
    2:59
  183. 191.
    The Compost Tea Debate - Part 103/04/2019
    2:52
  184. 192.
    Can Plants Solve Air Pollution in the Home? - Part 302/28/2019
    2:55
  185. 193.
    Plants as Air Purifiers - Part 202/25/2019
    2:46
  186. 194.
    Do Plants Remove Chemicals from Our Air?02/22/2019
    2:49
  187. 195.
    Is it Safe to Eat Sprouting Onions?02/19/2019
    2:37
  188. 196.
    Keeping Birds Safer from Cats in the Garden02/16/2019
    2:52
  189. 197.
    Should Cats Roam Free?02/13/2019
    2:48
  190. 198.
    How Frost Harms Gardens02/11/2019
    2:55
  191. 199.
    'Days to Harvest' May Not Mean What Beginners Think02/08/2019
    2:42
  192. 200.
    FAQ - Starting Seeds Indoors for Beginners02/06/2019
    2:52

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