Growing Carrots in Your Garden
Two Minutes in the Garden | Gardening Tips, Science, Myths
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1w ago
Carrots are one of the most popular vegetables to grow in the garden, and you can get them in a range of sizes and a rainbow of colors. ALSO FROM Empress of Dirt: How To Grow Carrots Indoors At Home In Flower Pots AND: How To Grow Fairy Carrots In Jars ..read more
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Whacking Tree Trunks and Other Strange Garden Tips
Two Minutes in the Garden | Gardening Tips, Science, Myths
by Empress of Dirt
1M ago
Does hitting the trunk of a tree with a baseball bat or or a stick make it produce more leaves -- or maybe more flowers or fruit? It sounds crazy, but is there anything to it? NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: Houseplants & Humidity: Tips That Help (& Those That Do Not ..read more
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Do Comfrey and Other Plants Grab Nutrients Deep in Our Soil?
Two Minutes in the Garden | Gardening Tips, Science, Myths
by Empress of Dirt
1M ago
In permaculture circles, they're called dynamic accumulators -- plants that accumulate above average levels of particular nutrients in their leaves, which we can then add to compost piles, use as mulch or in other ways make the nutrients available to our plants. Do they work? NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: How to Grow Leafy Greens Indoors at Home (Simple & Fast Method ..read more
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Humidity and Houseplants - Increasing Humidity Indoors
Two Minutes in the Garden | Gardening Tips, Science, Myths
by Empress of Dirt
2M ago
Humidity doesn't get as much attention as temperature, light and soil moisture, but it can have a big effect on our plants. Many houseplants prefer more humidity than we give them, especially over the winter. What can we do about that? NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: Homemade Peanut Butter Suet for Birds (Easy Recipe ..read more
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Why Leaves Change Color (and Why Some Don't Fall)
Two Minutes in the Garden | Gardening Tips, Science, Myths
by Empress of Dirt
3M ago
What makes the leaves of some trees change color? Is there a benefit to the trees? And what about deciduous trees that keep leaves over the winter? NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: How to Propagate African Violets (Step-By-Step Tutorial ..read more
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Is it Safe to Use Paper in the Garden?
Two Minutes in the Garden | Gardening Tips, Science, Myths
by Empress of Dirt
4M ago
Many gardeners put paper overtop of a lawn to create a new garden bed. Or add paper to their compost pile. Is it safe? NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: How To Bring Plants Indoors For The Winter (Best Timing & Bug-Free Tips ..read more
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Horticultural Oil: How Does it Work? Is it Safe?
Two Minutes in the Garden | Gardening Tips, Science, Myths
by Empress of Dirt
4M ago
You hear it suggested a lot in gardening circles as a pesticide and maybe even to prevent diseases, but what is horticultural oil and how does it work? NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: Creative No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas (Quick & Fun ..read more
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Why You Can't Have True Blue Roses (and Many Other Popular Flowers)
Two Minutes in the Garden | Gardening Tips, Science, Myths
by Empress of Dirt
4M ago
Blue flowers do exist in nature, but not in many of our most popular flowers. And it's even been a struggle for scientists to create them. NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: Great Fall Weather? Get These Garden Jobs Done ..read more
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Using Human Urine in the Garden -- Benefits and Risks
Two Minutes in the Garden | Gardening Tips, Science, Myths
by Empress of Dirt
5M ago
It's not for everyone, but human urine in the garden has lots of enthusiasts. Urine contains lots of nitrogen and several other essential nutrients, but it also has some things that aren't so good for plants. NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: How To Welcome Dragonflies To Your Garden ..read more
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Monarch Butterflies and the Garden (Part 2): Milkweed
Two Minutes in the Garden | Gardening Tips, Science, Myths
by Empress of Dirt
5M ago
We've all heard that we should be planting more milkweed to help a declining number of monarchs, but some reports say they're actually doing fine without our help. NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: How To Keep Houseplants Watered While On Vacation ..read more
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