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Bite-sized informative updates on gardening basics, gardening myths 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, gardening myths 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, gardening myths 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

Soil Testing Options for Your Garden

5/21/2019
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You decide to get your soil tested. Should you use a lab or a DIY home test kit?

Duration:00:02:53

Should You Get Your Garden Soil Tested?

5/19/2019
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It's often suggested that we get our garden soil tested. Most of us don't, but should we?

Duration:00:02:56

What is pH and Why is it Important?

5/16/2019
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pH is a measure of the concentration of hydrogen ions -- why is this important for gardeners?

Duration:00:02:58

Are Tastier Tomatoes on the Way?

5/14/2019
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No more bland store-bought tomatoes! Or so says a new story out this week.

Duration:00:02:45

Do Oils, Candles, Plants Keep Mosquitoes Away?

5/12/2019
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Final part of a series on mosquitoes: If you're looking to avoid repellents, you're rolling the dice with alternatives.

Duration:00:02:57

Four Proven Mosquito Repellents

5/9/2019
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Part 3 of a series on mosquitoes: The repellents that research shows are effective.

Duration:00:02:57

Alternatives to DEET in the Garden

5/7/2019
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Part 2 of a series on mosquitoes: DEET is effective and safe, but some people prefer alternatives.

Duration:00:02:49

Gardening Without Mosquito Bites

5/5/2019
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Starting a series on mosquitoes and what we can do so they're less of a problem for us in the garden.

Duration:00:02:57

Dubious Method for Weed Control

5/2/2019
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Scientists gave a thumbs up to hot water with an extract from coconut and corn oils. We're skeptical.

Duration:00:02:53

Backyard Farming ... in 1889!

4/29/2019
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Charles Barnard's "My Handkerchief Garden" is a pioneering and fun look at backyard farming.

Duration:00:02:51

What to Do if You Find Bones in Your Garden

4/25/2019
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You're digging in your garden and you come across some bones. Are they human? What do you do?

Duration:00:02:37

Were Vegetables More Nutritious in the Past?

4/22/2019
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Did fruits and vegetables have more minerals and vitamins in our great-grandparents' days?

Duration:00:02:49

Is Gardening as Good as Going to the Gym?

4/18/2019
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It's a story that's been all over the Internet this week. But is it true?

Duration:00:02:52

Do Feeders Increase Bird-Window Collisions?

4/16/2019
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Some say our feeders kill birds by luring them toward windows. What's the evidence?

Duration:00:02:42

Reducing Bird-Window Collisions

4/14/2019
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Millions of birds die every year after crashing into windows. Can we lower those numbers?

Duration:00:02:46

Are People Oblivious to Plants?

4/10/2019
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Is "plant blindness" a serious problem or just botanists getting puffed up? Or both?

Duration:00:02:46

Should You be Gardening by the Moon?

4/7/2019
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Lots of people enjoy moon gardening. Should you be joining them?

Duration:00:02:46

Can Gardening Help our Memory as We Get Older?

4/3/2019
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New research shows the potential for gardening to improve memory in seniors.

Duration:00:02:58

Do Pine Needles Make Soil Acidic?

3/31/2019
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Every now and then, you still see it suggested as a way to reduce soil pH. Does it work?

Duration:00:02:48

Do Marigolds Help Tomatoes?

3/28/2019
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Companion planting sounds like it could work, but demonstrating it has been challenging.

Duration:00:02:44