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

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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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Canada

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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.

Language:

English


Episodes

Do Gardeners Need Crop Rotation?

11/24/2023
It can do great things on farms, but does crop rotation make sense in a garden? What are the benefits claimed for crop rotation, and can we get those same benefits in easier ways? NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: How To Compost In The Winter (Easy Method)

Duration:00:11:34

Plant Nutrients (Part 4): "Up, Down, All Around" and the Phosphorus Myth

10/28/2023
Do nutrients really specialize in one aspect of plant growth, like roots or shoots? Why adding more of one nutrient to your soil, like a phosphorus-heavy bloom booster, often doesn't provide any benefit. NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: Growing Poinsettias: Year-Round Care & Reblooming Guide

Duration:00:10:25

Plant Nutrients (Part 3): The Trouble with Balanced Fertilizers

10/13/2023
Are you using a balanced fertilizer in your garden? It may seem like a simple and effective way to provide nutrients to your plants, but it could also cause problems for your soil and for the environment. NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: Indoor Seed Starting: Best DIY Setup on a Budget

Duration:00:12:05

Plant Nutrients (Part 2): What Do NPK Labels Mean?

9/28/2023
Most countries use a confusing and outdated NPK labelling system for fertilizer packages. What do the numbers mean? Depending on where you live, it's probably not what you think. And why is a "balanced fertilizer" not so balanced after all? NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: When to Take Down Hummingbird Feeders in Fall

Duration:00:11:32

Plant Nutrients (Part 1): What You Need to Know

9/18/2023
Our plants can't live without them, but how do we know that they're getting them? Do we need to feed them to our plants? And what are these essential nutrients? NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: How to Make African Violets Bloom & Rebloom

Duration:00:14:03

Mushrooms: Friends or Foes in the Garden?

8/16/2023
Not everyone wants them in their garden, but others grow them deliberately. They aren't even plants. So what are mushrooms and are they okay around our plants? NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: 2023 Fall Hummingbird Migration (Canada & United States)

Duration:00:11:19

Is Soap Safe to Use in the Garden?

8/1/2023
What kinds of soap should we be using -- or avoiding -- in the garden? What about liquid dish soap? And we're all familiar with soap, but what is it, exactly? NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: 25 Vegetables You Can Grow in Shade

Duration:00:11:58

Composting (Part 4): How Much Compost is Too Much?

7/6/2023
Compost is great for your garden, but can you have too much of a good thing? What problems could there be if you use too much? Will it harm your plants ... or something else? NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: How to Bring Plants Inside: Timing & Debugging Tips

Duration:00:10:42

Composting (Part 3): What to Add and What to Avoid

6/24/2023
What can you add to your compost pile? Is it any organic material, or are there some things you may want to avoid? What about dryer lint or hair? NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: Hostas for Sun: Sun-Tolerant Options For Your Garden

Duration:00:12:04

Composting (Part 2): Simpler Than it Sounds

6/10/2023
Calculating C:N ratios? Regular turning? For anyone who's been put off from composting because it sounds too involved -- it really isn't as hard as it's sometimes made out to be. NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: Breaking the Eggshell Myth in Gardening

Duration:00:10:19

Compost: The Most Valuable Organic Matter for Your Soil

6/2/2023
When it comes to building healthy soil, there may be no more important tool in the garden than compost. So what is compost, and how does it help our plants? NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: How to Propagate Sweet Potatoes to Grow New Slips

Duration:00:10:12

Humus: What Is It and Why It Matters

5/16/2023
We've heard that humus is good for our garden, but do we know what it actually is? And, for that matter, does ANYONE know what it actually is? And why has humus become a controversial topic? NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: Why Frogs & Toads Are Good For Our Gardens

Duration:00:09:43

Plants in Water: A Balancing Act

5/6/2023
We're told not to overwater our plants, but some popular houseplants grow fine with their roots fully immersed in water and nearly all outdoor plants experience overwatering at times. How does that work? NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: Tips for Choosing the Right Clematis Trellis

Duration:00:09:53

No Mow May: Does It Really Help Pollinators?

4/15/2023
No Mow May is a popular initiative that encourages people to stop mowing their lawns for a month to help bees and other pollinators. But does it really work? And what are the drawbacks? In this episode, we explore the pros and cons of No Mow May from a gardener's perspective. NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: The Surprising Benefits of Moths in Your Garden

Duration:00:10:09

How Frogs Benefit Your Garden -- And How to Attract Them

4/1/2023
Frogs enrich your garden in many ways: they control pests, provide food for other wildlife, and indicate a healthy environment. In this episode, we explore the fascinating world of frogs and their role in the garden ecosystem. NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: How to Get Rid of Weeds: Easy Tips For Organic Gardeners

Duration:00:11:17

Fast-Growing Cool-Weather Crops for Spring

3/21/2023
At the beginning of a new gardening season, temperatures are still low, but some vegetables thrive in cool weather and can be ready to eat in just a few weeks. Choose these vegetables and before you know it, you'll eating your first batch of produce fresh from your garden. MORE FROM Empress of Dirt: 20 Fast-Growing Vegetables in 4-6 Weeks (Spring or Fall)

Duration:00:09:28

Helping Ground-Nesting Bees: The Unsung Garden Heroes

3/15/2023
Most bees don't live in hives and most don't live in hollow stems. They live in the ground and emerge from the soil in the spring and summer to join us in the garden. What can we do to make their winters easier? NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: Tea Time: How to Harvest & Dry Homegrown Herbs

Duration:00:10:47

Protect Your Garden From Deer Damage

3/3/2023
Deer can cause a lot of damage to your garden, but there are ways to prevent or reduce it. Learn about different types of fences, repellents, deterrents and deer-resistant plants that can help you protect your plants from these hungry animals. NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: The Complete Guide to Growing Delphiniums in Your Garden

Duration:00:10:23

Baking Soda in the Garden: Is it Really Harmless?

2/23/2023
Also known in many parts of the world as bicarbonate of soda or bicarb soda -- you see it recommended for dozens of uses in the garden. It sounds pretty harmless, but should we be using it around our plants? READ MORE at Empress of Dirt: Baking Soda in the Garden: Is it Really Harmless?

Duration:00:11:10

Starting Seeds: An Overview

2/9/2023
What's the advantage of starting seeds -- especially indoors? What do you need? What do seeds need to germinate? And how can you improve your odds against diseases? READ THE FULL GUIDE at Empress of Dirt: Seed Starting for Beginners: Sow Inside Grow Outside

Duration:00:08:50