Bite-sized informative updates on gardening solutions, basics, garden 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.
How Plants Capture Carbon and Help the Environment
Carbon sequestration is one way our plants help the environment -- by taking carbon out of the air and holding on to it or putting it in the soil.
NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: Soil Calculator (Mulch, Compost, & Potting Mix Too)
Growing Oak Trees from Acorns
They aren't the world's fastest-growing trees, but you can start with an acorn and -- with some patience -- end up with a tree that supports a diverse range of wildlife in your garden.
NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: Mid-Summer Garden Tasks: What To Do Now
How Oaks Benefit the Garden Ecosystem
Oak trees not only look great, they support a diverse range of birds, insects and other wildlife, as well as microorganisms in the soil.
NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: How To Grow Ornamental Sweet Potato Vine (& Creative Display Ideas)
Preventing Downy Mildew
Downy mildew can spoil the appearance of many plants, reduce yields of fruits and vegetables, and sometimes even kill plants. What can we do to avoid it?
NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: Simple Seed Guide: From Hybrids to Heirlooms
Long-Day vs Short-Day vs Day-Neutral Plants
Plants can detect changes in the length of the day as seasons change. Some will only flower -- or can't flower -- when daylight reaches a certain length.
NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: Annuals & Perennials: What's The Difference?
What is Full Sun, Part Sun, Part Shade, Full Shade?
There are lots of plants to choose from for almost any amount of sunlight outdoors, but you have to match the right plant with the right area in your garden.
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