In This Edition
▪Garden Art Beginner Project | Dollar store gems will do!
▪Quick-Growing Veggies | See what you can grow now
▪Featured Plant | Clematis:| Bloom time is key
▪Monthly Garden Tasks | April has plenty to offer
▪Free Printable | Seed Starting Supply Checklist
▪The Royal Marketplace | Are you bee-friendly?
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Garden balls are an excellent beginner project, and, if you use the right adhesive, they last for years (and years) outdoors all year-round.
I’ve also prepared a brand new Glue Resource Guide for garden art and outdoor decor projects. Whether you’re making mosaics, a birdbath, or dish art, there’s a good glue for the job (and some to avoid).
Peas. Mizuna. Kale. Beets. Leaf lettuce. Arugula. Cool weather veggies are the best! And they really are quick: some are ready in just 20 days!
If you’re sowing seeds indoors, here’s a complete walk-through.
<<< Clematis 101 Easy Care Guide >>>
The most important thing to know about your clematis is when it blooms. If you know that, the whole should I or shouldn’t I prune dilemma, and if so, when? is easy peasy.
<<< April Garden Tasks >>>
What can I sow, grow, and make this month? The list has creative and practical tips and ideas from this garden-centric Empress.
<<< Seed Starting Supply Checklist >>>
I like my garden supplies simple, low-cost, and effective. This is everything I use for seed starting.
Merch for gardeners! My Amazon.com shop ships to the United States only and offers t-shirts, long-sleeve tees, and hoodies. You’ll also find my favourite hummingbird feeder, some ready-made garden art, and recommended creative gardening books.
For shipping outside the United States (and lots of merch options), click here.
Hello, sunshine! This is the time of year when my wee brain is racing with garden ideas. Last week I spent a few hours going through my ideas files, and, after weeding out the absurd ones, I’ve got quite a to-do list for this growing season. Much of it depends on finding the right second-hand materials for a song, but the quest is half the fun.
I use a web-based program called Trello on my computer and phone to capture ideas right away, otherwise I would never remember them. It’s free to use in case this is something that interests you. I’m highly visual and love that I can capture everything—images, links, text—and sort them as desired. You can use it for anything: household tasks, packing lists, creative projects, garden notes, work assignments, wish lists.
And, before I head outside, have you made time to play outdoors today? Nature is happy to turn your worries to compost. Or, carry them off to the stars.
See you again in two weeks!
~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛
PS: Want to grow a sweet pea garden arch? You’ll want to plan ahead. They are gorgeous!