In This Edition
- Grow Ginger | From the grocery store
- Birdhouse-mania | For art and nesters
- Tapping Trees | Make your own syrup
- Security Tip | Avoid hackers and password overwhelm
- Giveaways | Time to get lucky
- Resources | We’ve got what you need
The last fling of winter is over … The earth, the soil itself, has a dreaming quality about it. It is warm now to the touch; it has come alive; it hides secrets that in a moment, in a little while, it will tell.
~ Donald Culross Peattie
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How to Grow Ginger
Did you know you can regrow ginger from the grocery store? You’ll get both a houseplant, and, eventually, more ginger root to harvest. This shows how to do it.
This is for my fellow birdhouse fanatics. There are dozens of creative birdhouses ideas and free plans for building nesting boxes. And hurry! Mating season is starting.
Our covered patio is one of my favourite places to hang out, but I wanted a low-cost way to keep the winter winds, rain, and snow from blowing in through the window screen. I found this solution and I’m really pleased.
I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose, I would always greet it in a garden.
~ Ruth Stout
Tap, tap! Maples aren’t the only trees that can be tapped for syrup-making. Find out which trees work and how it’s done. Just one mature tree can yield a lot of sap!
Security tip: It can be overwhelming to keep track of login passwords and prevent hacking. That’s why I started using LastPass. It’s a secure password manager that works on all your devices. And, the most beautiful part is, you only have to remember one password. The app does the rest—on your phone, tablet, and computer. I was skeptical at first, but it’s been a few years now and I could not cope without it. You can learn more here.
- Win A Year of Stone Painting | 52 Mandala Designs to Inspire Your Spirit (new book) | ends March 24, 2019
- Win Living With Air Plants | A Beginner’s Guide to Growing and Displaying Tillandsia | ends April 15, 2019
Seed Starting | Garden Making
- Seed Starting for Beginners | Complete step-by-step instructions for indoor sowing
- How to Speed Up Seed Germination | The solution may be right in your kitchen
- March Garden Tasks | Things to grow, make, and do this month
Listen | Create
- Empress of Dirt Audio Show | Play it via Amazon Alexa, your phone, tablet or computer
- Blogging Resources | What I use to create the Empress of Dirt blog
In My Empire of Dirt
Some years ago, I started a tradition of saving cuttings from some of my tomato plants in fall to grow indoors over the winter. I take a few cuttings (instructions here) from a cherry tomato variety and root them on a windowsill.
It was really just an experiment to see if I could keep them going until outdoor planting time in spring.
Last fall, I accidentally chose an indeterminate (vining) variety and soon had a 10-foot vine growing around my dining room window.
Much to my surprise, it eventually flowered, and one lone, green tomato formed.
The tomato got so large I had to support the whole vine with twine.
And then, last week, after months of green, it suddenly ripened!
My previous record (using this no-effort method) was 3 tiny, yellow cherry tomatoes.
I love quirky plant surprises like this.
See you again in two weeks.
~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛
PS: Dreaming up some new garden ideas? These books are packed with inspiration.