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Roasting Summer Harvests, Mothballs and Bacteria

We start this episode with information about roasting vegetables, and C.L. claims that roasted garden green beans taste as good as French fries. We then go on to trash the idea that mothballs can be used to repel animals in the garden, and talk about bacteria…the good, the bad, and the ugly. The episode ends with Chelsea’s question about growing plants in clay. :35 What’s for dinner Roasted vegetables and foraged edibles 5:21 True or False: Use mothballs to repel animals from your...


Fireworks, Pesto and Harvesting Garlic

Ellen and C.L. ignite the plant equivalent of fireworks in today’s episode. We revisit how pesto doesn’t have to be made only from basil, talk about harvesting garlic, and answer Vincent’s question about wildflower gardens. :32 Just For Fun: Fireworks in the garden 6:32 Eat/Drink/Grow: Pesto revisited 12:42 Insider Information: Harvesting garlic 17:32 Love Letters and Questions: Wildflower garden


Coffee Grounds, Plant Emergencies, and Sweet or Savory Cooking

Ellen and C.L. discuss garden or foraged ingredients that can swing both ways (sweet or savory), we discuss how to respond to a plant crisis, and examine the practice of putting coffee grounds in the garden. :31 sweet or savory 4:17 coffee in the garden 8:35 don’t panic! 18:16 garden tours Link to the blancmange recipe that Ellen speaks about. Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival ~ ten days of garden tours Cape-wide. GardenWalk Buffalo ~ a weekend of hundreds of open gardens.


Container Maintenance, Diagnosing Plant Problems and Product Picks

In this episode Ellen and C.L. talk about keeping your containers flowering and looking great all summer. You’ll learn about diagnosing plant problems, favorite product picks and sand in the compost. :31 annual container maintenance 7:02 diagnosing plant problems 19:31 favorite product picks 26:08 sand in the compost Product Picks: Presto Bucket Excalibut Dehydrator Push/Pull Hoe MaxSea Fertlizer


Radishes, Duct Tape, and Marauding Mint

C.L. and Ellen debate whether duct tape can be used to fix broken branches, discuss radishes, help a listener deal with a garden thug that’s disguised as a popular herb, and talk about the importance of mycorrhizae. :30 radishes and milkweed 4:38 duct tape 8:37 mycorrhizae 19:49 lawn full of mint


Foraged Ornaments, Edible Perennials and Tick Diseases

Ellen and C.L talk about how to make ornaments for your garden from rocks or sticks you can find locally. We discuss what plants you can include in your perennial garden that are also edible and give tips for avoiding ticks and tick borne diseases. The episode ends with a question from Kelly about transplanting in June. :32 Just For Fun: Foraged garden ornaments…accent your landscape for free! 6:12 Eat/Drink/Grow: The edible perennial garden. 16:44 Insider Information: ticks and tick...


Peat Moss, Beautiful Containers and Organic Labeling

Listening to this podcast will help you choose some great plants for mixed containers. You’ll find out why peat moss doesn’t make good mulch and why you’ll want to give every young person you know that book Gardening With Emma. And you’ll discover that just because a plant or product isn’t labeled “organic” doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily problematic. 30 Did You Know: Does peat moss make good mulch? 5:41 Eat Drink Grow: Planting beautiful containers. 19:48 Review: Gardening with Emma,...


May Foraging, Annual Sunflowers and What Plants Do At Night

In this episode you’ll hear what you can forage for in May, learn about what plants do in the nighttime, and discover the joy of planting annual sunflowers. Ellen and C.L. also explain how some plants deliver beauty inside during the winter and outdoors in the summer. Plus we answer Sara’s email asking if it’s too late to plant in her yard and gardens. :32 What’s For Dinner: May foraging 4:27 Insider Information: What plants do at nighttime. 10:49 Eat/Drink/Grow: Why you should grow...


May Cocktails, Liming Lawns and Gorgeous Salads

In this episode Ellen and C.L. toast the month of May with spring cocktails, explain how to figure what amount of mulch you need, and talk about creating beautiful salads that are foraged or farmed. Plus we end with Pete’s question about liming lawns. :35 What’s For Dinner? A toast to May! Spring cocktails. 4:48 Did You Know? How to calculate how much mulch or loam you need. 9:48 Eat/Drink/Grow: Gorgeous salads, gardened or foraged. 17:11 Love Letters and Questions: Pete asks about...


Planting Shrubs & Trees, Tums for Tomatoes, and Eating Dandelion Flowers

Learn how you can eat dandelion flowers, the best method for planting shrubs and trees and why perennials may need to be split and divided periodically. Plus the Plantrama team talks about planting tomatoes with Tums… a good idea, or not? :30 True or False: Plant your tomatoes with tums to prevent blossom end rot. 5:27 Plant Noob: What’s this I hear about dividing perennial plants? 13:45 Eat/Drink/Grow: planting trees & shrubs 21:21 Love Letters and Questions: How to eat dandelion...


Dealing With Deer, Pebble Trays For Houseplants, and Live Show Questions

This episode of Plantrama was recorded live at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle. Ellen and I talked about outwitting rabbits and deer, plus we argue about the benefit of pebble trays filled with water for humidifying plants. We had a great audience and the attendees asked many interesting questions. :50 Did You Know: Rabbit & Deer in the garden…may The Force be with us! 10:25 True or False?: Pebble trays filled with water for houseplants…do they increase humidity or...


Dock, Dill, May baskets, Stems, and Squash Bugs

In this Plantrama episode Dock and Dill are on the spring menu, we vow to make May baskets this year, and look at stems from the point of view of science, art, and dinner. We end with Todd’s question about squash bugs in his vegetable garden. :30 What’s For Dinner: Dock and dill 9:05 Insider Information: May baskets 14:32 Eat/Drink/Grow: Stems 22:43 Love Letters and Questions: Dealing with squash bugs


Signature Weeds, Raised Beds, and Black Walnut Myths

C.L. and Ellen discuss what the weeds are telling you about your soil, the pros and cons of raised bed vegetable gardens, and the widespread myth about black walnut trees poisoning other plants. :32 Did You Know: Signature weeds 4:56 Eat/Drink/Grow: Raised beds 18:46 Inside Information Black Walnut myth busting


Mustard Greens, Pansies and Brown Leaves After Winter

In this episode Ellen and C.L. talk about growing and foraging for mustard greens, explain what is meant by the term “hardening off,” and discuss a favorite spring flower. We wonder why pansies are said to “have faces” and answer Carl’s question about the brown leaves on his rhododendron. :30 What’s For Dinner: Mustard greens, wild & tame 5:34 Plant Noob: What is hardening off? 13:44 Eat/Drink/Grow: Pansies and Violas 23:23 Love Letters and Questions: Browned leaves on evergreen plants.


Deer or Rabbit Resistant Plants and More From Seattle

At the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle, Ellen and C.L. talked about foraging for garlic mustard and C.L.’s favorite summer squash. We give recommendations for plants that Bambi and Thumper don’t like, and take questions about succulents and mushrooms. :35 What’s for dinner: garlic mustard and summer squash 7:40 Insider info: deer and rabbit resistant plants 19:58 questions: succulents indoors or outdoors and mushrooms in the garden


Eating Japanese Knotweed, Some Must-Plant Vegetables, and Mandevilla Vine

In this Plantrama episode we talk about eating the invasive Japanese knotweed, three of C.L.’s must-plant vegetable varieties, growing Mandevilla vine and poison green potatoes. :32 What’s For Dinner: Foraged Japanese knotweed. 5:10 Insider Information: Three of C.L.’s must-grow vegetables: Black Beauty Eggplant, Chinese Red Noodle Beans, Bright Lights Chard 11:12 Eat/Drink/Grow: Mandevilla Vine – why you want to grow this tropical vine, which varieties to look for, and whether it is...


Soil Testing, Planning Your Tomato Garden, Fiendish Weed Seeds

We start out talking about why you might eat stinging nettles, or just avoid these painful plants. Learn about varieties for your tomato garden and why heirloom tomatoes aren’t always the best choice. Plus dormant weed seeds and basil downy mildew disease. :30 Did You Know: Nettles 7:12 Eat/Drink/Grow: Planning your tomato garden Inside Information: Fiendish Weed Seeds 23:43 Love Letters and Questions: Paul asks why his basil keeps dying in mid-summer. Go to the American Meadows website...


Fiddlehead Ferns and Comparing Cannabis and Tomatoes

Discover which ferns to harvest for spring “fiddleheads,” why you shouldn’t start seeds in pots of garden soil, comparing and contrasting starting tomatoes and cannabis from seed, and the possibility of planting peas in July. :32 What’s For Dinner: Fiddlehead ferns – new ostrich fern shoots. 6:54 Plant Noob: Why can’t I use garden soil to start my seeds in or for my outdoor containers? 10:14 Eat/Drink/Grow: Is Cannabis the “new tomato”? How are these plants similar for starting from...


New Beds, Hops, and The Neighbors Dogs

This episode covers how and when to make new gardens without tilling, witch hazel shrubs, growing hops vines, and dealing with the neighbors’ dogs. :30 True or False? Do you have to turn up the soil when you’re creating new gardens? 7:18 Plant Noob: Witch hazel shrubs – fall or winter flowering. 10:49 Eat/Drink/Grow All about hops vines. Growing for ornament or beer. 19:55 Love Letters and Questons: Carolyn wonders how to keep her neighbors’ dogs from “doing their business” in her...


Sorrel, Seeds, and Sawdust in the Garden

Find out if you need to soak seeds before planting them, how to grow better root crops, and if it’s OK to put sawdust in the garden. We also talk about sorrel – the weed and the cultivated vegetable. :34 What’s For Dinner: Sorrel – yes, it’s a weed. Yes, it’s a vegetable. Yes, it’s delicious. 4:10 Insider Information: Soaking seeds. You might have heard that all seeds should be soaked before planting. This isn’t necessarily true… 8:58 Eat/Drink/Grow: Root Crops – how to grow better edible...