These are my top garden tips and ideas for growing annual and perennial fruits, veggies, herbs, flowers, shrubs, and trees in a healthy, organic home garden.
Jump in and get growing in any size space.
Garden Tips & Ideas
Do you love gardening? Plants? Nature? Being outdoors?
You’ve come to the right place. I share my best indoor and outdoor gardening tips including everything I wish I knew when I was getting started.
Empress of Dirt Creative Gardening Videos
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1 Gardening 101
Start here if you are new to gardening or getting back into it (yay!)
- Basic Resources | Excellent for new gardeners
- Propagation | Tips to get started
- Seasonal Guides | Dive in and grow
2 Outdoor Gardening
3 Indoor Gardening | Houseplants
- Seed starting | Start inside any time of year
- Plant care | Top houseplant tips
- Indoor food growing | Veggies and herbs
4 Pets | Wildlife
5 Garden Ebooks
- Compost, Soil, and Mulch | Garden essentials!
- Fertilizers | Using organic fertilizers in the home garden.
- Garden Dictionary | Common terms, odd expressions, and other jargon.
- Garden Influences | Some of my favourite (famous) gardeners.
- Money-Saving Tips | Avoid the mistakes gardeners ahead of you have made!
- Plant Databases & Fact Resources | Reliable, fact-based garden information.
- Plant Hardiness Zone – United States | Find yours and know what it means
This one is for Canada.
- Plant Names | Easy introduction to scientific/botanical names
- Pruning & Deadheading | How to snip and clip at the right time.
- Seed Company Listings | United States and Canada | Find the right seeds for your region.
- Watering | Self-watering garden and flower pot options
- Propagation Methods | Seed starting, division, layering, cuttings, grafting
- How to Take Softwood Cuttings | Spring and summer
- How to Take Hardwood Cuttings | Fall and winter
- Seed Starting for Beginners | Sow indoors grow outdoors
- How to Grow New Plants from Grocery Store Foods | Avocado, mango, ginger….
Things to grow and make every month of the year:
- Bulbs | Getting started with flowering bulbs (fall is planting time for most).
- Containers | Plant lists, project ideas, creative planters.
- Fruit | Creative and practical ideas for strawberries, apples, raspberries, and more.
- Herbs | Growing tips and creative crafting with herbs.
- Outdoor Herbs | Tips for annual and perennial herb growing.
- Indoor Herbs | What works, what doesn’t.
- Flowers | Annuals and perennials.
- Hostas | Growing tips and list of sun-tolerant hostas.
- Miniature Gardening | Ideas for tiny, small, fairy, and miniature gardens.
- Vegetables | Creative and practical ideas for growing vegetables.
- Winter Vegetable Growing | Yes, you can grow veggies year-round. Even in a cold climate.
- Bees | Best plants, facts, DIY projects
- Birds | DIY nesting boxes, wild bird care, birdhouse ideas
- How to Choose the Right Birdseed | Best options without waste
- Butterflies | Plants and habitat tips
- Chickens | Gardening with hens
- Hummingbirds | Best feeders, sugar water recipe, plant choices
- Pollinators | Plants, habitat, tips
If you prefer to work offline, these ebooks download instantly and can be printed or read on any device.
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~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛