Plant Nutrients (Part 2): What Do NPK Labels Mean?
Two Minutes in the Garden | Gardening Tips, Science, Myths
by Empress of Dirt
5M ago
Most countries use a confusing and outdated NPK labelling system for fertilizer packages.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 ..read more
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Plant Nutrients (Part 1): What You Need to Know
Two Minutes in the Garden | Gardening Tips, Science, Myths
by Empress of Dirt
5M ago
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 ..read more
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Mushrooms: Friends or Foes in the Garden?
Two Minutes in the Garden | Gardening Tips, Science, Myths
by Empress of Dirt
7M ago
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 ..read more
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Is Soap Safe to Use in the Garden?
Two Minutes in the Garden | Gardening Tips, Science, Myths
by Empress of Dirt
7M ago
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 ..read more
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Composting (Part 3): What to Add and What to Avoid
Two Minutes in the Garden | Gardening Tips, Science, Myths
by Empress of Dirt
8M ago
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 ..read more
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Composting (Part 2): Simpler Than it Sounds
Two Minutes in the Garden | Gardening Tips, Science, Myths
by Empress of Dirt
9M ago
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 ..read more
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Compost: The Most Valuable Organic Matter for Your Soil
Two Minutes in the Garden | Gardening Tips, Science, Myths
by Empress of Dirt
9M ago
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 ..read more
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Humus: What Is It and Why It Matters
Two Minutes in the Garden | Gardening Tips, Science, Myths
by Empress of Dirt
10M ago
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 ..read more
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Plants in Water: A Balancing Act
Two Minutes in the Garden | Gardening Tips, Science, Myths
by Empress of Dirt
10M ago
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 ..read more
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No Mow May: Does It Really Help Pollinators?
Two Minutes in the Garden | Gardening Tips, Science, Myths
by Empress of Dirt
11M ago
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 ..read more
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