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Want to learn to run but don’t know how to start? Follow along as I share my journey from zero to runner, and all of the bumps and lessons along the way. And yes, whether you are 40 or 50 or overweight but able and ready, you can learn to run at middle age.
One day on a family outing, my husband lost his wedding. It flew off his finger and landed in a swamp! It seemed impossible, but we were determined to try and find it. Here’s our story from years ago.
What are the best plants for a cottage-style garden? I’m sharing my picks! Join in as I feature favorite plants from my wild-looking, flowering perennial garden.
Is it possible to un-shrink a sweater? If your favorite wool sweater (or other garment) shrank after a hot water wash or dryer cycle—or both, you may be able to fix it. Use these tips from fiber-expert Kristi Porter to see what can be done to restore it.
Want a creative or funny name for your garden? This garden name generator is for you. Enter a few details about your garden and see what the Empress suggests. Or, hit the I’m feeling lucky button and see what comes up.
If you prefer to write your garden plans, ideas, and journal notes on paper—not on a computer—this simple, printable garden planner will help. It’s not a how-to guide but instead a basic framework to use throughout the garden year. The planner gives you nudges, you fill it in however you like.
Creative No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas (Quick & Fun) | Empress of Dirt
Fast-Growing Indoor Vegetables: Ready in 30 Days | EOD
Large-scale, giant, or oversized garden art, décor, and plants make a big impact.
Creative ways to use a color theme in the garden by repeating it in decor, garden art, flower colors, and more.
When slugs or snails are eating our seedlings or plant leaves, it’s time to reduce the damage while avoiding harm to our garden ecosystems. Let’s look at the pros and cons of beer traps, slug bait, copper wire, and more.
If you want your garden to work in harmony with the environment, there are some practical tips to help make this happen and avoid common blunders.
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How To Scarify Seeds Before Sowing For Better Germination Rates
We gardeners love our seed catalogs. They are the botanical equivalent of a dream book—a grower’s wish list. This brief overview takes us through the history of seed and nursery catalogs and how they have evolved over the years.
Even if you don’t mind winter, as gardeners we can’t help but think ahead to those beautiful spring days when we can start getting our hands in the dirt again. I gathered these indoor projects to stimulate those garden-loving endorphins and carry us through.
If you want to make your cat care eco-friendlier while saving money, consider switching to an alternative cat litter. My cats use pine pellets which are both sustainably-sourced and biodegradable and, most importantly, the cats approve.
Ruth Stout (1884-1980) was a freethinking, practical gardener and author, who inspired many new gardeners to find best practices that defy conventional garden advice. Her vegetable garden methods are comparable to what is known as permaculture today.