If you are new here, welcome! I’ve got creative and frugal home and garden ideas for you.
Please, dig in and have a look around.
Here’s the Scoop—
I am Melissa J. Will, also known as the Empress of Dirt ♛, and I share creative and frugal home and (mostly) garden DIY projects and ideas, with an emphasis on the organic and thrifty help I needed when I was starting out.
This photo (above) was one of those rare great days where
1) I had just weeded
2) there’s a fresh application of mulch
3) it was peak season for blooms, and
4) it just rained, which makes all the colors more beautiful.
But even on it’s frumpy days—which is many days— I just love having a garden.
And not for perfection: for me, it’s just being outside, watching things grow, experimenting, and creating that make it so enjoyable.
I grow organically, just making use of plants, compost, and mulch.
Turn on the sound to hear the story:
For plant and growing information, I rely on facts and scientific research, not the ever popular myths and folklore. The myths themselves may be relatively harmless but it’s not fun for beginner gardeners who may follow them and fail. We need to encourage new gardeners, not send them down ridiculous rabbit holes! To do my part, I research like crazy and do my best to provide reliable, accurate information.
For DIY projects, I like it creative, useful, and thrifty. Whenever possible I make do instead of buying new. I also share a few recipes when it’s a much requested favorite.
We live debt-free and like to keep things simple.
What You Will Discover
I share new projects and ideas every week.
You can find these categories in the menu at the top of any page:
The Idea Bank | Look up what you have and see what you can make!
TIP: Use the magnifying glass (top left of any page) to search this site.
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Thank you for visiting Empress of Dirt. Please, dig in!
~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛