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

Encore Mulch, Nitrogen and Smart Weeds

Encore Mulch, Nitrogen and Smart Weeds

Ep 253 – Ellen and C.L. discuss whether the use of mulch robs the soil of nitrogen, and we take a dive into the Polygonaceae family…smart weeds and knotweeds. C.L. will be repeating the Hydrangea webinars this winter: details to come. And we answer a question about the odd, jelly-like forms that a listener has found on some junipers.

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Encore of End of Summer Flavors, Taking Cuttings, Transplantation

Encore of End of Summer Flavors, Taking Cuttings, Transplantation

Ep 252 – In this encore 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 houseplants back in for the winter.

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Pickles, Small Trees, and Dealing with Bare Spots

Pickles, Small Trees, and Dealing with Bare Spots

Ep 251 – What can you pickle this summer? Should you buy a tree that’s tiny? Ellen and C.L. discuss these topics, plus what to do with bare or just unattractive spots in the garden, and whether summer planting makes sense in July

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Books by Ellen and C.L.

The Wildcrafted Cocktail book by Ellen Zachos

The Wildcrafted Cocktail
by Ellen Zachos

The Cocktail Hour Garden book by C.L. Fornari

The Cocktail Hour Garden
by C.L. Fornari

Backyard Foraging book by Ellen Zachos

Backyard Foraging
by Ellen Zachos

Coffee for Roses book by C.L. Fornari

Coffee for Roses
by C.L. Fornari

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