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A Hot Houseplant, Worm Castings and Shepard’s Purse

In this episode of Plantrama Ellen and C.L. talk about a very common (and edible) weed known as shepherd’s purse. They discuss how to successfully grow the large-foliaged houseplant, fiddle leaf fig, and explain the benefits of worm castings. Their question this week comes from Carson who wants to know how to prevent mouse damage in her house and shed. :28 Did You Know: We talk about a common weed, Capsella bursa-pastoris, aka shepherd’s purse. 5:50 Eat/Drink/Grow: Learn about the...


Tropical Hibiscus, Plant Gifts, and Cooking Dandelion Greens

On Plantrama today Ellen talks about cooking dandelion greens and then she and C.L. differ about bringing someone a plant as a gift. They agree about growing and how to over-winter tropical hibiscus, and explain how to store dahlia tubers. :31 What’s For Dinner: How to cook dandelion greens. Find Ellen's recipes and links on our website. 4:10 Plant Noob: Should you bring someone a plant as a gift? Ellen and C.L. disagree. 9:09 Eat Drink Grow: Tropical hibiscus – how to keep this...


Blue Hydrangeas, Cattails and Birdseed Shells

In this episode we talk about the common belief that the shells of sunflower seeds “poison plants.” We also discuss why some people can grow blue mop head hydrangeas but others have a hard time getting them to flower. You’ll learn about the importance of cattails in nature and to a forager, and hear about preserving a #LeafStackChallenge. :28 True or false? Birdseed shells poison plants. Are they really allelopathic? (Allelopathy is a biological occurrence when an organism/plant...


Walnuts, Banana Peels and Storing Seeds You Didn’t Plant

Ellen and C.L. begin by talking about walnuts, foraged and cultivated. Discover if banana peels are good for your roses and if you need to spray your evergreens with an anti-desiccant. Learn how to store seeds that you didn’t use last summer, and if common houseplants are edible. :32 What’s For Dinner? English walnuts and foraged black walnuts. 4:22 Insider Information: Are banana peels really good for roses? 8:50 Eat/Drink/Grow: Anti-desiccants. What they are, what they do, and...


Plant Sex, Seeds for Birds and a Leaf-Stack Review

Ellen and C.L. discuss why you might not want to do a “fall cleanup” of your perennials. Next, we discuss S-E-X among the photosynthesizing crowd. Male and female plants, what that means for your landscape, and what happens if you don’t have both sexes. We review Asclepias speciosa ‘Davis’ and bring you up to date about #LeafStackChallenge posts on Twitter and Instagram. :33 Did You Know: Leaving perennials so the birds can eat the seeds. 5:35 Eat/Drink/Grow: Plant Sex! Male and female...


Carrots, Repotting Houseplants, and Halloween Pumpkin Seeds

Today we’re talking about carrots, wild and domestic. We explain that before a plant has fruit it comes into flower, and discuss the how, why, how often and when of repotting houseplants. This episode finishes with Sandy’s question,“Can I plant, or eat, the seeds we take out of the pumpkins that are being carved for Halloween?” :30 What’s For Dinner: Carrots 4:52 Plant Noob: Flowers Before Fruit 8:28 Eat/Drink/Grow: Repotting Houseplants 20:50 Love Letters and Questions: Eating and...


Staking Trees, Pinching Plants and Harvest Parties

In this episode Ellen and C.L. discuss staking trees and pinching plants. They give ideas for holding a harvest party, tell about the first plant they fell in love with, and answer Kip’s question about preserving garden and foraged foods. :35 True or False? Staking Trees. Do you need to stake a tree when you plant it? 4:18 For The Plant Noob. What does it mean to “pinch plants” and why would you want to do so? 8:47 Eat/Drink/Grow. Harvest Party! Ideas for gathering with family and...


Leeks, Fall Mums, and Why Plants in Pots Stay Smaller

In Episode 50 Ellen and C.L. talk about growing leeks, the fall classic Chrysanthemum, and how Robbie found lumpy tubers in the windowbox. Plus we discuss why plants that are in pots won’t grow as large as the same plant put into the ground. :33 What’s for dinner: Leeks 5:30 Eat/Drink/Grow: Mums! Whether you call them Mums Chrysanthemum, or Dendranthema, do you love them or hate them? Or do you eat them? 13:25 Did You Know: Plants in a pot will stay smaller than those planted in the...


Weird Plant Growth, Growing Garlic, and Orchid Rebloom

In episode 49 Ellen and C.L. discuss how to get an orchid to rebloom, how to plant garlic this fall, and why you occasionally see a stem go crazy and grow in a flat, contorted manner. All this and a review of the Dramm One Touch Rain Wand. :30 Plant Noob: What’s that weird stem on my plant? It could be the ever fascinating fasciation. 4:46 Eat/Drink/Grow: It’s garlic planting time, so we talk 11:31 Product Review: Dramm One Touch Rain Wand. What it is and why we love using it. 16:10...


Apples, Amaryllis, and The Truth About Acorns

In this episode we’re talking about apple recipes and getting your amaryllis to bloom again this year. We discuss whether a large crop of acorns really means it will be a long, cold winter, and answer a listener's question about bringing plants inside. :30 What’s for dinner: Apples, wild and domestic. 4:58 True or False? A big crop of acorns means that there will be a hard winter. 8:03 Eat/Drink/Grow: Amaryllis, Part II. Bringing them indoors, chilling/resting, repotting (if needed) and...


Planting Bulbs, Ten-Minute Improvements, and The Leaf-Stack Challenge

:55 Just For Fun: It’s the leaf stack challenge! Or we should say, #leafstackchallenge 4:00 Eat/Drink/Grow: Quick fixes to your landscape. Whether you’re having company or just want to spruce up the garden for your own pleasure, Ellen and C.L. offer 10-minute fixes anyone can do. 11:16 Insider Information: Myths about planting bulbs. Thanks to Bill Miller, Professor of Horticulture at Cornell for giving us the real dirt on planting bulbs. See the bulb planting machine here. 15:20...


End of Summer Flavors, Taking Cuttings, and Fall Transplantation

In this episode Ellen explains what to make with under-ripe wild grapes and C.L. persuades listeners to combine some creamy brie cheese with those homegrown tomatoes. Next we explain that the end of the summer is the ideal time to propagate everything from woody ornamentals to annuals and perennials. Now that cooler weather is on the horizon, we discuss what can be transplanted in the fall, and answer a listener’s concern about importing bugs into the house when she brings potted...


Savory Tarts, Lawn Substitutes and Hedges

:30 What’s For Dinner: Savory Tarts Pick your favorite vegetables or herbs, add some eggs and cheese, and make savory tarts for appetizers, lunch or dinner. 5:04 Plant noob: Lawn Substitutes. Tired of mowing? Is there really such a thing as a no-maintenance lawn substitute? 12:42 Eat/Drink/Grow: Hedges. What to plant, how and when to prune, keeping them full top to bottom, and when is a hedge better than a fence? Morton Arboretum Hedge Collection 28:53 Insider Information: When to Say...


Blueberries, Hydrangeas, and a Magic Wand For Weeds

:40 What’s for dinner: Blueberries 6:54 Insider Information: Soil pH. In other words, how acid or alkaline your ground is, and why you should care. 14:58 Eat/Drink/Grow: Panicle Hydrangeas. Large or small, there is a dependable and beautiful plant for your landscape. 24:58 Did You Know: Is it helpful to water the leaves of a plant in hot weather? 28:35 Love Letters and Questions: Wouldn’t we all like a magic wand for getting rid of weeds!


Fertilizing, Carnivorous Plants, and Dealing With Deer

:30 What’s for dinner: Throw it on the Barbie! Grilling, farmed and foraged. 5:52 Plant noob: How often do I have to fertilize annuals, perennials and containers? 12:58 Eat/Drink/Grow: “Feed Me!” Carnivorous plants… grow your own bug traps…just don’t try and feed them hamburger. Carnivorous plants can be ordered online from Predatory Plants, Grow Carnivorous Plants, and Logees. 19:43 Insider Information: Battling Bambi – a few quick tips about deer control. 25:49 Love Letters and...


The Golden Gnome Awards 2018

1:20 What’s For Dinner: Best Edibles Ellen and I award a Golden Gnome to edible plants with surprising flavors. 3:56 Insider Information: Best desk bouquet Flowers What a treat it is to gather flowers and foliage for small bouquets. And the Gnome goes to… 6:59 Eat, Drink, Grow: Science, Art and Dinner! And the Gnome goes to… Best Gathering of The Plant Tribe, Wild Category: Wild Harvest Festival Best Gathering of The Plant Tribe, Cultivated Category: Perennial Plant Association Best...


Continual Harvest, Houseplants to Summer Camp, and Rosa Rugosa

In late June it’s time to talk about repeat sowings of salad greens, foraging for lamb’s quarters, sending houseplants to summer camp, and all about Rosa rugosa. Ellen and C.L. end the episode with advice about how to keep a hanging basket looking good all summer. 0:35 What’s For Dinner? Planting and foraging for a continual harvest. 6:25 For the Plant Noob Sending houseplants to “summer camp.” 13:00 Eat/Drink/Grow We talk about Rosa rugosa, aka the beach rose or wild rose. Why Ellen...


Drying the Harvest, Perennial Garden Maintenance and Understudy Plants

:35 What’s For Dinner? How you can preserve the plants you forage for or grow by dehydrating. 6:07 Insider Information: Herbs: The Delightful Dozen – Ellen and C.L. talk about their must-grow herbs. Chives, Fennel, Thyme, Mint, Dill, French Tarragon, Lemon Verbena, Lavender, Sage, Rosemary, Basil, Cilantro. 18:42 Eat/Drink/Grow: Early summer perennial maintenance. 25:03 Did You Know: “Understudy Plants” Raising a few things as backup, because the show must go on! 30:40 Love Letters and...


Asparagus, Marigolds for Insect Control, and Mixed Containers

:33 What’s For Dinner? Asparagus! What types to buy and how to grow this spring treat. 7:42 True or False? Marigolds We’ve all heard about it: “Plant marigolds to keep insects away from your vegetables.” But does it work? 11:32 Eat/Drink/Grow 28:07 Questions or Love Letters Lane asks, “Is it too late to plant?”


Questions From NWFGS Seattle

:40 What’s for dinner: Questions about wild-crafted cocktails and raised bed vegetables. 4:40 Plant noob: Can you have too much compost? 7:31 Eat/Drink/Grow: We answer questions about deer, smart pots, dahlias, Rhododendron mulch, and under-planting Japanese maples. 23:11 Insider Information: Emptying a Gardener’s Supply cart, our favorite gardening books and plants, yellow jackets in pots, and why Linda hasn’t heard of us before. We end with a follow-up email from Ryan, who attended...