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There's always something new to learn about gardens and gardening!

Welcome to Empress of Dirt's Two Minutes in the Garden. In bite-sized informative updates—two minutes and some seconds each—we cover a wide range of topics from gardening basics to current research and assessing myths and folklore. Listen to all previous episodes below!

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Jan 11, 2021

Stratification is a technique used to give dormant seeds the experience of changing seasons even when they've only gone from a drawer into our fridge.

NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: Winter Sowing: Starting Seeds Outdoors in Milk Jugs


Jan 7, 2021

There are things we can do with dormant seeds to prod them along and get them to germinate. One of the most important for gardeners is scarification.

NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: What to Prune in Winter


Jan 2, 2021

Seed dormancy can be frustrating for gardeners -- having seeds that won't germinate -- but it's an important part of the survival of many plant species.

NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: Science-based Companion Planting Tips for Growing...


Dec 28, 2020

Most places now have recycling programs for Christmas trees -- or you can try one of the 25 creative projects from our list to put your tree to good use.

MORE FROM Empress of Dirt: 25 Creative Ways to Reuse Christmas Trees


Dec 23, 2020

It's no fun to shovel, and it can look lovely ... but is that blanket of snow good or bad for your plants?

NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: Easy Winter Composting in a Cold Climate