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Two Minutes in the Garden: Gardening Tips, Science, Myths
10 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
Using Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) to Control Pests
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
6 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
How Flowers Communicate with Pollinators
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
7 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
Does Planting By Moon Phases Work? (Part 3)
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
8 minutes | May 30, 2021
Does Planting By Moon Phases Work? (Part 2)
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
8 minutes | May 26, 2021
Does Planting By Moon Phases Work? (Part 1)
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
6 minutes | May 21, 2021
Straw Bale Gardening: An Introduction
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
7 minutes | May 18, 2021
What is Square Foot Gardening?
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
6 minutes | May 13, 2021
Using Milk in the Garden
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
8 minutes | May 8, 2021
Should We Leave the Dandelions?
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
7 minutes | May 4, 2021
What Does it Mean to Garden Organically?
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
7 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Can You Propagate a Patented Plant?
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
8 minutes | Apr 25, 2021
Using Neem Oil as an Organic Insecticide
It's widely touted as a safe, organic alternative to synthetic pesticides, and it will kill a long list of pests. But neem oil isn't for everyone.NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: How to Transplant Raspberries and Grow More Fruit
7 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
Aphids and How to Control Them (Part 2)
They drain the energy out of your plants and inject them with viruses. What can we do to stop aphids? What about ladybugs? Diatomaceous earth? Sticky traps?NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: What is Soil pH and How to Work With It
6 minutes | Apr 17, 2021
Aphids and How to Control Them (Part 1)
They're tiny insects that can sap plants of their energy, give them viruses, and coat them with black mold. They're also born pregnant and can quickly multiply on your plants.NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: 14 Creative and Functional Potting Bench Ideas
6 minutes | Apr 10, 2021
Mulch: What It Is and Why You Should Use It
It's not just some pretty decoration for your garden! Mulch delivers benefits to your plants, your soil ... and will even save you some work.NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: Do You Know Hummingbirds? Take the Quiz and Find Out!
7 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
Protecting Seedlings from Damping-Off
One of the biggest threats our new seedlings face is damping-off. What can we do to improve our odds of avoiding it?NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: Best Living Plants for Miniature Gardens (Resource Guide)
9 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
The Strengths of No-Dig ... and Objections
What is it about the no-dig approach that is so appealing? What are some of the objections? And what does the research say?NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: How to Grow String of Pearls (Semecio rowleyannus)
8 minutes | Mar 27, 2021
The Growth of No-Dig Gardening
No-dig methods lower the apprehension of many new gardeners and have attracted lots of adherents over the years. Others question if a garden can really go without a good digging.NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: How to Grow Sunflowers and What to Avoid
6 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Does Brushing Seedlings Make Them Stronger?
You can help strengthen your seedlings by giving them a quick, gentle brushing -- maybe with your hand or something lighter.NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: 12 Smart Tips for Starting a Budget-Friendly Organic Garden
6 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
Should We Be Shaking Our Houseplants?
It's a plant hack that has taken off on social media. Is shaking your plants just silliness, or is there actually something to it?NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: Germination Trick for Stubborn Delphinium Seeds
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