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Ellen Zachos and C.L. Fornari help you discover the amazing world of plants: in the garden, in the wild, and on your plate. They show you how to grow plants successfully, how to enjoy your natural surroundings, and how to make the most of your harvest, whether it's cultivated or foraged. (Spoiler alert: they don't always agree!) You'll find three different topics in each episode, plus email questions from listeners.

Ellen Zachos and C.L. Fornari help you discover the amazing world of plants: in the garden, in the wild, and on your plate. They show you how to grow plants successfully, how to enjoy your natural surroundings, and how to make the most of your harvest, whether it's cultivated or foraged. (Spoiler alert: they don't always agree!) You'll find three different topics in each episode, plus email questions from listeners.

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United States

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Ellen Zachos and C.L. Fornari help you discover the amazing world of plants: in the garden, in the wild, and on your plate. They show you how to grow plants successfully, how to enjoy your natural surroundings, and how to make the most of your harvest, whether it's cultivated or foraged. (Spoiler alert: they don't always agree!) You'll find three different topics in each episode, plus email questions from listeners.

Language:

English


Episodes

Spring Tonics, Planting Seeds Too Early, and Direct Sowing

3/4/2021
Did you know that a spring tonic doesn’t have to be a drink? Hear Ellen and C.L. talk about tonics, what to do if you’ve started your seeds too early, the definition of direct sowing and vegetables for hot climates. :30 What’s For Dinner: What’s your spring tonic? 4:57 Eat/Drink/Grow: Starting seeds too early. 15:31 Insider Information: What does it mean to direct sow? 19:50 Love Letters and Questions: Erik writes about growing vegetables in Texas.

Duration:00:24:05

Frozen Greens, Cannas, and Peroxide in the Garden

2/25/2021
In this episode you’ll hear about ways to prepare the chard, kale or other greens you froze last summer. Learn why water beads up on some leaves, all about Cannas, and if hydrogen peroxide is a good thing to use on plant problems. :30 What’s for dinner: Greens from the freezer 4:22 Insider Information: What are “Hydrophobic leaves?” 8:55 Eat/Drink/Grow: Cannas 17:42 Love Letters and Questions: Samantha asked about using hydrogen peroxide in the garden

Duration:00:21:37

Standards, Yarrow, Voles and a Book Review

2/18/2021
Ellen and C.L. explain what a “standard form” plant is and why you might want to plant the perennial yarrow in your landscape. Hear a rave review of Jessica Walliser’s new book about science-based companion planting, and learn about vole trails. :30 Plant Noob: What’s a “standard?” 4:13 Eat/Drink/Grow: Achillea, aka yarrow 14:16 Product Review: Plant Partners book review 19:45 Love Letters and Questions: Tedi wonders about the trails she sees in her garden after a snow melt.

Duration:00:24:08

Sterilizing Soil, Growing Peppers and Water for Houseplants

2/11/2021
If you’re wondering about sterilizing soil for seed starting, growing peppers in your vegetable garden, or the best water for your houseplants, this episode is for you. :30 True or False: You should bake garden soil in the oven, then use it to start your seeds indoors. 5:35 Eat/Drink/Grow: Growing Peppers 19:53 Love Letters and Questions: Kari wrote to ask about chlorine in water for houseplants.

Duration:00:24:43

Fennel, Epiphytes and Pelleted Seed

2/4/2021
:30 What’s For Dinner: Fennel 7:04 Eat/Drink/Grow: Epiphytes – what they are, some common houseplants that are epiphytic, and what this means for how we care for those plants. 15:03 Insider Information: What are pelleted seeds? 19:44 Love Letters and Questions: Melissa writes about paperwhite narcissus. Ellen and C.L talk about growing fennel, what an epiphytic plant is, and why you may want to try some pellitized seeds. We answer Melissa’s question about why some paperwhite narcissus...

Duration:00:22:56

Herbs, Plant Pinching and African Violets

1/28/2021
In this episode of Plantrama we talk about essential herbs to grow or forage for, pinching plants to make them bushy, African violets and a Zoom houseplant event in February. :28 What’s for dinner: Essential herbs to grow or forage for. 7:40 Insider Information: “Pinching” tips off of plants to make them bushier. 12:33 Eat/Drink/Grow: African violets – Saintpaulia 21:02 Connections: Zoom with us the Plantrama Team!

Duration:00:23:48

Male and Female Plants, and Plants That Clean Soil

1/21/2021
Ellen and C.L. discuss plants that male or female, how some plants are used to remove harmful substances from the soil, and why it might be good to test old seed instead of automatically tossing it out. :27 Plant Noob: Dioecious plants 8:33 Eat/Drink/Grow: Phytoremediation 16:48 Love Letters and Questions: Karen wrote to ask about the seeds she has left from past years.

Duration:00:26:34

Rainbow Tomatoes, Jade Plants, and Lichen

1/14/2021
The Plantrama team discusses the clearly fake rainbow tomatoes, growing the wonderfully real jade plants indoors, and Ellen’s new craft cocktail class. :30 True or False: Rainbow Tomato Seeds 3:17 Eat/Drink/Grow: Jade plants: Crassula 13:29 Insider Information: Ellen’s online craft cocktail course 17:30 Love Letters and Questions: Anthony writes asking why lichen seems to shrink and grow.

Duration:00:21:38

Quiche, Worm Poop, and Prickly Pear Cactus

1/7/2021
Hear ideas for making quiche or frittatas, learn about earthworm castings and why it’s good for plants, and discover a cactus that grows in most of North America. :36 What’s For Dinner: Quiche or Frittata 5:55 Eat/Drink/Grow: Earthworm Castings. 15:52 Insider Information: Opuntia humifusa, prickly pear cactus 21:56 Love Letters and Questions: Anne writes about blue flowers.

Duration:00:25:38

Celebratory Cocktails, Small Greenhouses, and Sticks on Fire

12/31/2020
In this New Year’s Eve podcast, Ellen and C.L. raise a glass to toast a better year ahead. Hear about small in-home greenhouse/terrariums, learn about “pencil cactus,” and listen to our answer for Quinn, who wants to fertilize his Ohio lawn in the winter. :30 What’s For Dinner: Celebratory Cocktails 6:04 Eat/Drink/Grow: Tiny Home Greenhouses 12:57 Plant Noob: Euphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on Fire' 21:00 Love Letters and Questions: Quinn wrote to ask about whether it’s too late to...

Duration:00:23:18

Hoyas, Garden Styles, and Stems that Photosynthesize

12/24/2020
Hear about an easy and elegant houseplant as Ellen and C.L. talk about Hoyas. Learn about determining your garden style, and discover how plants without leaves might still be photosynthizing. :30 Insider Information: All about hoyas 8:34 Eat/Drink/Grow: Knowing or learning what your garden style is. 20:24 Love letter and Questions: Did you know that green stems are capable of photosynthesis?

Duration:00:22:39

Anthuriums, GMO Seeds, and Good Winter Reads

12/17/2020
Looking for an amazing houseplant that flowers all year? Worried that the seeds you buy might be GMO’s? Could you use a good book to read this winter? All of these topics and using shredding paper in the garden, in this episode. 29 Plant Noob: Are some seeds available to home gardeners GMO? 4:21 Eat/Drink/Grow: Amazing Anthuriums 14:15 Product Review: Good winter reads – fiction that features plants. 22:16 Love Letters and Questions Karl wrote asking if the stuff from his paper shredder...

Duration:00:24:07

Healthy Soil, The Christmas Rose, and Spider Plants

12/10/2020
Ellen and C.L. explain that yes, it is possible to have too much compost in the soil. We discuss the lovely Helleborus niger, aka the Christmas rose, and answer a question about spider plants. :28 True or False: Healthy soil has a high percentage of organic matter in it. 4:55 Eat/Drink/Grow: The Christmas Rose – Helleborus niger 13:49 Love Letters and Questions: Ken wrote asking about spider plants, aka ribbon plant, aka airplane plant.

Duration:00:20:33

Cookies, Growing Ferns Indoors, and Clearing Vegetable Gardens

12/3/2020
Hear about some savory/sweet cookies, learn about ferns that make attractive houseplants, discover the meeting of the term “entire margins,” and find out if you should clear out your vegetable garden…all in this week’s episode of Plantrama. :32 What’s For Dinner: Cookies! 5:31 Eat/Drink/Grow: Ferns as houseplants. 17:40 Insider Information: What does “entire leaf margins” mean? 18:46 Love Letters and Questions: Deb asks if she has to clear the dead vegetables out of her vegetable garden...

Duration:00:21:41

Spice Rubs, String-of-Pearls Plant and Starting COVID Gardens

11/26/2020
Discover spice rubs, a hot “Curio” houseplant, and hear what to do with the bulbs and other plants you haven’t yet placed into the ground. :30 What’s for dinner: Spice Rubs for Meat and Tofu 5:18 Insider Information: A suddenly “hot houseplant” - Curio rowleyanus, syn. Senecio rowleyanus 9:34 Eat/Drink/Grow: When you forgot to put bulbs or other plants into the ground. 17:24 Love Letters and Questions: Did you start a “Covid Garden?” How was your experience? We want to hear your stories....

Duration:00:22:33

Bulbs Growing In Fall and a Plant-Filled Zoom Room

11/19/2020
In this episode we consider how drought and snow effect plants, creating a plant-filled Zoom Room, and spring bulbs that come up before spring. :30 Plant Noob: Is snow hard on plants? 7:05 Eat/Drink/Grow: Drought! The long-term consequences of dry periods. 14:23 A Plant-Filled Zoom Room: How to create a lush environment for your virtual work. 20:30 Love Letters and Questions Cara writes: “Some of my bulbs are coming up! I think they believe it’s spring…

Duration:00:22:45

Houseplant Fertilizers, Avocados and Cranberry Plants

11/12/2020
Hear Ellen and C.L. discuss fertilizers for houseplants, the amazing avocado, and cranberries, wild and cultivated. :30 True or False: You have to use special fertilizer for each type of indoor plant. 5:23 Eat/Drink/Grow: Avocados are AMAZING! 14:40 Love Letters and Questions: Do cranberries grow under water?

Duration:00:23:40

Juniper Berries, Begonias and Orchid Pots

11/5/2020
Learn about eating juniper berries, bodacious begonias, pots for orchids and keeping cats away from plants. :30 What’s For Dinner: Juniper berries 6:49 Eat/Drink/Grow: Growing Begonias 17:50 Insider Information: Do you need special orchid pots for your orchids? 20:40 Love Letters and Questions: Mark: My cat continues to want to climb my large monstera and dracanea plants! Link to American Begonia Society: https://www.begonias.org/

Duration:00:24:02

Parsley, Garden Destinations and Evergreens On Balconies

10/29/2020
In this episode Ellen and C.L. discuss the herb that gets no respect, parsley. We also talk about planning garden trips for the spring, what evergreens will grow in containers on a balcony, and providing supports for indoor plants. :28 What’s For Dinner: Parsley. 6:42 Eat/Drink/Grow: Plan a garden trip for next spring or summer. 13:55 Insider Information: Plant supports for indoor plants 22:36 Love Letters and Questions: Yolanda wrote to ask what evergreen she might plant in a large...

Duration:00:24:32

Propagating Succulents, Insect Lifecycles, and Collecting Rainwater

10/22/2020
C.L. and Ellen explain that succulents are easy to propagate, and talk about why we should care about the life cycle of insects. The episode ends with a discussion about collecting rainwater for houseplants. :30 Plant Noob: How to propagate succulents 9:41 Eat/Drink/Grow: Life cycle of most insects… 18:42 Love Letters and Questions: Paul writes: “A friend told me that I should be collecting rainwater for my houseplants. True?”

Duration:00:23:15