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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.

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.

Location:

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

Introduction to Hydroponics (For Soil Gardeners)

10/18/2021
Even if you plan on sticking with soil, hydroponics tells us a lot about plants -- and soil. And if it appeals to you, then it's a way to grow plants year-round. NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: How To Grow Swiss Chard Indoors (Seed to Harvest)

Duration:00:07:50

Planting Garlic in the Fall

10/11/2021
Fall is peak garlic planting time. What do we need to know to grow garlic in our garden ... and whatever happened to garlic seeds?

Duration:00:07:43

An Introduction to Seed Saving

10/5/2021
Saving seeds can be simple ... or complicated depending on how ambitious you get. What are some of the challenges you may face saving seeds? MORE from Empress of Dirt: Getting Started With Seed Saving (Flowers, Fruit, & Vegetables)

Duration:00:08:04

Growing Asters for Vibrant Fall Colors

9/28/2021
They're a popular source of blues, purples, pinks and other colors in the fall garden ... and, as far as botanists are concerned, most of them aren't actually asters. NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: Planting Potted Mums Outdoors as Year-Round Perennials

Duration:00:08:13

Using Keiki Paste to Clone Orchids and Grow Other Plants

9/22/2021
Keiki paste is used to propagate certain kinds of orchids -- but what's in it, does it really work, and can we use it on other plants? NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: How to Grow Pineapple As a Houseplant

Duration:00:06:27

Hollyhock Rust - And How to Deal With It

9/17/2021
There are more species of rust fungi than any other plant pathogen. Once you have it, there's not much you can do about it, but you can make things more challenging for the rust. NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: 10 Spectacular Fast-Growing Flowers

Duration:00:06:55

Rooting Hormone Alternatives -- Do They Work?

9/12/2021
Willow water, honey and many others are touted as natural alternatives to rooting hormone. But do they work as well as rooting hormones -- or at all? NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: How to Harvest Sweet Pea Seeds

Duration:00:06:44

Rooting Hormones for Successful Cuttings

9/8/2021
Rooting hormones an easy way to improve the odds that our cuttings will take root -- and also to speed up the process a little bit. NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: 20 Easy Plant Propagation Tutorials for Gardeners

Duration:00:07:00

Do You Need Soil Amendments?

9/3/2021
There's a whole slew of amendments to buy or make -- and many do some good for our plants. But there's also a lot to be said for keeping things simple. NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: Make a Robin Nesting Shelf (Free Plans)

Duration:00:05:45

Improving Your Garden Drainage

8/27/2021
You hear all the time that some plants need well-drained soil, but what does that mean, exactly? How do we know if we have it and what can we do about it? NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: How to Harvest Zinnia Seeds

Duration:00:07:59

Nematodes: Good or Bad for the Garden?

8/22/2021
They're the world's most abundant animal. Almost all of us have nematodes in our gardens. They do a lot of good for the soil but some of them can badly damage your plants. NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: How to Cure Winter Squash for Storage

Duration:00:07:53

Compost Tea: Does it Help the Garden?

8/15/2021
It has lots of enthusiastic supporters among gardeners -- and it also gets called snake oil. Can we come to any conclusions about compost tea? NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: How to Ripen Tomatoes After Picking

Duration:00:08:34

The Debate About Epsom Salt (Part 2)

8/7/2021
What does scientific research tell us about the effectiveness of Epsom salt in the garden? NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: How to Grow Mums From Cuttings

Duration:00:07:57

The Debate About Epsom Salt (Part 1)

8/4/2021
It's a divisive issue in gardening circles. Will Epsom salt do wonderful things for your plants, or it is a load of unscientific hooey? NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: 7 Unique Garden Art Easel Ideas

Duration:00:07:47

Variegated Leaves: Causes and How to Keep Them

7/29/2021
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

Duration:00:06:21

Do Sunflowers Move to Follow the Sun?

7/23/2021
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

Duration:00:08:18

Sunflowers: Not Always What They Seem to Be

7/19/2021
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

Duration:00:07:35

How to Grow Sunflowers in Your Garden

7/18/2021
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

Duration:00:06:11

Double Flowers ... and Their Value to Pollinators

7/8/2021
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

Duration:00:06:38

Preventing Heat Damage to Your Plants

7/4/2021
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

Duration:00:05:58