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a podcast about plants with Ellen Zachos and C.L. Fornari

Garden Hors D’oeuvres, Natural Office Surroundings, and Outdoor Entertaining

Garden Hors D’oeuvres, Natural Office Surroundings, and Outdoor Entertaining

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 other event, here are ideas for hiding eyesores, improving what you’ve got and adding color.

Our fourth segment addresses a plant noob’s question: “Will this plant will come back to life or is it dead?” We end with an email from a listener who asks about end-of-year bargain plants.

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Growing Garnishes, Deadheading and Irrigation

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 a hose? And as often happens, Ellen and C.L. may not agree…

We end by talking about adding plant experiences into your trips and vacations, and offer two tips for our garden/plant destinations of choice.

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Tomato Troubles, Attracting or Repelling Insects, and Getting Started with Foraging

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.

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Zucchini, Plant ID and Tips for Growing Berries

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. Next, we discuss the ways to get an accurate identification of a plant. In our “Eat, Drink, Grow” segment we talk about growing blueberries and blackberries, and our “Insider Information” section discusses an article from Garden Design Magazine. We finish off the program by answering an email about daylily maintenance.

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Books by Ellen and C.L.

The Wildcrafted Cocktail
by Ellen Zachos

The Cocktail Hour Garden
by C.L. Fornari

Backyard Foraging
by Ellen Zachos

Coffee for Roses
by C.L. Fornari