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032 - Jellies, Lemon Cypress, and Scale

:33 What’s For Dinner: Jams Ellen is a big jam maker. Here how she saves fruit for cooking up jams later. She advises that people new to jams and jellies get the Ball Blue Book or So Easy To Preserve. 8:11 The Plant Noob: Lemon Cypress This lime colored small tree is often sold at Christmas time as a holiday plant. Ellen and C.L. talk about how to keep it alive as a houseplant indoors, and where it can be planted outside. 14:10 Eat/Drink/Grow: Scale One of the hardest insect pests...


Micro-greens, Pruning and Birds in the Landscape

:35 – 6:10 What’s For Dinner: Microgreens – you can grow these tasty, nutritious greens yourself, indoors, even in the winter time. 6:12 – 12:00 Insider Information: Spider mites – at this time of year you might find spider mites on your indoor plants. 12:05 – 23:23 Eat/Drink/Grow: Pruning – why we prune plants and a basic recipe for approaching most trees and shrubs. 23:26 – 27:56 Did You Know: Birds in your landscape – how to attract birds and provide for them in the coldest months of...


Seeds, Snake Plant and Plantrama in Seattle

0:34 What’s for dinner: Advance planning? Ordering veggie seeds for growing this spring and winter foraging. 6:37 Plant noob: Why you should know about Sansevieria, the Swiss Army Knife of Plants. 11:37 Eat/Drink/Grow: The Art, Science and Dinner of Seeds 23:12 Insider Information: Methusela…the story of the 2000 year old palm seed that sprouted. 26:58 Love Letters and Questions Reese wants to know how we record Plantrama if we’re not in the same location.


Amaryllis, Breathing Room, and the Art, Science and Dinner of Orchids

0:37 – 4:33 What’s for dinner: Foraged Pesto and Winter Squash Soup 4:37 – 10:56 Insider Information: “Breathing Room” 11:03 – 25:15 Eat/Drink/Grow: The Art, Science and Dinner of Orchids 25:25 – 30:33 Did You Know: How to keep an Amaryllis from year to year. 30:36 – 35:15 Love Letters and Questions: A love note from Kerry.


Paperwhite Narcissus, Cyclamen and The Franklinia Tree

0:30 – 5:37 What’s for Dinner: Calamondin Citrus 5:43 – 11:51 Did You Know: Paperwhite Narcissus 12:02 - 20:08 Eat/Drink/Grow: Cyclamen 20:14 – 24:53 Insider Information: The Franklinia Story 24:56 – 27:28 Love Letters and Questions: Addison asks about weeds to eat from the lawn.


Winter Cocktails, Poinsettias, Preventing Mouse Damage and A Solstice Celebration

What’s For Dinner :40 Winter cocktails are on the menu in this episode. Ellen gives a recipe for a foraged Carob Horchata and C.L. talks about using the rosemary plant your brought indoors to create a Rosemary Gin Gin. Links to recipes at Insider Information 4:20 Mice! How to prevent mouse damage on newly planted trees and in other garden situations. Eat/Drink/Grow 10:02 In this section you’ll find out how C.L. feels about poinsettias (pro) and Ellen doesn’t hold back about...


Winter (or Thanksgiving) Meals, Christmas Cactus and Holiday Gifts

00: What’s For Dinner - we discuss what is on a forager’s Thanksgiving table, and what is on a vegetable gardener’s spread. Find links to the recipes here: 8:59: The Plant Noob - Today’s topic is common cooking sage, aka Salvia officinalis. 12:59: Eat, Drink, Grow - We’re growing Christmas cactus and Thanksgiving cactus in this episode. What they are, keeping them alive, and how to be sure they came into flower every year. 20:34: Insider Information – Just in time for your Shop Small...


Crabapples, Winter Protection and Fungus Gnats

:50 Did You Know...about the pros and cons of Winter Protection? Think you should wrap your evergreen shrubs in burlap for the winter? Ellen explains how to correctly construct a protective screen, and C.L. wonders why anyone would want to upholster their shrubs. 4:45 Eat/Drink/Grow: Crabapples.How to choose a tree, which varieties C.L. and Ellen are lusting after, and what to do with the fruit. The two varieties mentioned are Chestnut and Dolgo. C.L. directs you to two helpful...


Foraged Walnuts, Winter Protective Mulch, and Secrets From the Pumpkin Patch

Have you ever wondered if you could eat black walnuts? Or maybe you're undecided about using a winter protective mulch on your perennial our plants really need a down blanket to keep them warm? And in our Eat/Drink/Grow segment we talk about the science, art and dinner of pumpkins.


Insider Information on Garden Tourism, New Plants and Garden Products, and What on Earth is GWA? - Plantrama - plants, landscapes, & bringing nature indoors

We're pleased to take you into the world of garden communicators and garden tourism in this episode. Fresh out of the GWA annual meeting and trade show, Ellen and C.L. share what they've learned about new plants and products for the home landscape. We talk about how GardenWalk Buffalo is a model for other regions when it comes to tourism dollars and community development. We talk about new plants and products that we discovered at the Garden Writers Association meeting. And we answer a...


Winter Squash, Fall Cleanup and Saving Summer Annuals - Plantrama - plants, landscapes, & bringing nature indoors

In this episode we talk about how to tell if winter squash is ripe and how to preserve it. We discuss saving annuals from year to year, and give the pros and cons of fall yard cleanups. Ellen and C.L. also invite you to become inspired by the artist Andy Goldsworthy.


Barbecued Greens, Firepits, Preserving the Harvest & Our Secret Six Tools - Plantrama - plants, landscapes, & bringing nature indoors

I'm hoping that you'll try the barbecued chard recipe we talk about in this episode - even non-vegetable eaters and kids often love this dish! We also give you several ways to preserve the bounty from your garden. Whether you dry or can it, as Ellen prefers, or roast and freeze it as C.L. does, you'll enjoy your garden-grown or foraged harvest through the winter with these methods. We also speak about your firepit plantings, and give our favorite "secret six" tools that will make your...


Pesto, Stinkhorn Fungus & Watering Containers - Plantrama - plants, landscapes, & bringing nature indoors

Ellen and C.L. give you ideas for making the most delicious, fresh pesto on earth...and then move on from great taste to horrible smells! Yes, after talking about garden-grown pesto we discuss stinkhorn fungi...a creepy and spooky fungus that smells like dead meat. After a trip to the all together ooky we move on to the practical: how to water your outdoor containers. And as always we answer a listener's emailed question. Art, Science and Dinner: it's all in your own backyard!


Garden Hors D’oeuvres, Natural Office Surroundings, and Outdoor Entertaining - Plantrama - plants, landscapes, & bringing nature indoors

In late-August it's time to relax and celebrate the end of the summer season. Ellen and C.L. start this party off with suggestions for snacks and garden hors d’oeuvres. The second segment offers ways that you benefit from an outdoor office, and no, it's not the low rent. Our main segment suggests ways you can spruce up (horticultural pun intended) your yard and gardens for summer gatherings. Whether you're holding a simple barbecue, birthday celebration, rehearsal dinner, cocktail party or...


Growing Garnishes, Deadheading and Irrigation - Plantrama - plants, landscapes, & bringing nature indoors

In this episode C.L. and Ellen celebrate plants in summer. They begin by suggesting ways you can add color, flavor and fragrance to your beverages and food with flowers, foliage and herbs from your own backyard. Next we consider flowers that are wilted or dead and offer suggestions for why these should be taken out of the garden. (Deadheading: why, how, and "Do I have to?") In the main segment we consider how plants are watered. Sprinklers? Soaker hoses? Drip irrigation? Hand-watering from...


Tomato Troubles, Attracting or Repelling Insects, and Getting Started with Foraging - Plantrama - plants, landscapes, & bringing nature indoors

Is there a way to repel insects from your outdoor office? Ellen has a short answer for this question...and we discuss the down-and-dirty truth. We also sing the praises of sending houseplants to summer camp and help you sort out problems you might be having with your tomato plants. Ellen offers Insider Information about getting started with foraging, and the program ends with a question from a listener about plants that attract flies.


Zucchini, Plant ID and Tips for Growing Berries - Plantrama - plants, landscapes, & bringing nature indoors

What's for dinner? In this episode Ellen and C.L. begin by discussing summer squash, aka zucchini. We mention the use of organic fungicides for controlling powdery mildew, and the variety Zephyr for continued production even after the plant has mildew. For The Plant Noob: Next, we discuss the ways to get an accurate identification of a plant. Eat, Drink, Grow: In this segment we talk about growing blueberries and blackberries. Insider Information: In section discusses an article from...


Your Outdoor Office, Peaches, and Arugula VS Garlic Mustard - Plantrama - plants, landscapes, & bringing nature indoors

Ellen and C.L. both love arugula, and C.L. talks about how easy it is to grow from seed. But Ellen prefers to forage for her greens, so in this episode it's Arugula vs. Garlic Mustard! For the plant noob we offer information about the type of plants you'll find in the landscape, and begin our series about Your Outdoor Office. Finally, we are inspired by the article about peach recipes in the summer issue of Better Homes and Gardens, and offer some insider information about growing your own...


Herbs on the Deck, Hardiness Zones and Tips for the Planting Season - Plantrama - plants, landscapes, & bringing nature indoors

Ellen and C.L. start celebrating the planting season by talking about herbs in containers. Next they answer the question, "What the heck are hardiness zones?" In the main part of the podcast the topic is planting. Does your planting have to be done by a certain date? Do you really have to add peat moss to a planting hole? And what about removing that burlap or wire basket? All of these planting questions are answered, followed by a Sunflower Story and an email from a listener. It's...


Pronouncing Plant Names and Growing Herbs Indoors - Plantrama - plants, landscapes, & bringing nature indoors

In this episode we disagree about how to pronounce "Plantrama" which leads to a discussion about the pronunciation of plant names. We also talk about successfully growing herbs by the kitchen window, and answer a listener's emailed question.


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