Fertilizing, Rhododendrons, and Plants That Lead to Divorce

Fertilizing, Rhododendrons, and Plants That Lead to Divorce

Ep 183 – Ellen and C.L. talk about whether fertilizing is always a good thing, and they take a deep dive into the genus Rhododendron, which includes what we commonly call azaleas. Then they answer Candace’s question about whether her spouse’s pruning of the blue hydrangeas is grounds for divorce.

Earthy Flavors, Soil Temperatures and Houseplant Growth

Earthy Flavors, Soil Temperatures and Houseplant Growth

Ep 182 – Today we discuss garden-grown and foraged food with earthy flavors, and do a deep dive into the importance of soil temperatures for planting, soil activity, seed germination and growth rates. We end with a discussion about what you can expect from houseplants in the winter, and how to decide which plants are appropriate for an area that’s sunny in the winter and shaded in the summer.

Spring Pestos, Photosynthesis, Mulch and Fennel Seeds

Spring Pestos, Photosynthesis, Mulch and Fennel Seeds

Ep 180 If you think that pesto has to be made of basil, think again! Ellen and C.L. talk about spring pestos, how quickly plants start to photosynthesize, and discuss the pros and cons of various types of mulch. We end with a question about the best fennel to grow if you want the seeds.

Diagnosing Houseplant Problems, Plant Terms and a Focus on Fertilizer

Diagnosing Houseplant Problems, Plant Terms and a Focus on Fertilizer

Ep 179 – In this episode we define some terms that plant geeks toss around, and give you a recipe for figuring out what’s wrong with your houseplants. If you’ve ever wondered why fertilizer is called “plant food” or how lichen can grow on a rock or your roof, this is your podcast!

Frozen Greens, Cannas, and Peroxide in the Garden

Frozen Greens, Cannas, and Peroxide in the Garden

Ep 176 – In this episode you’ll hear about ways to prepare the chard, kale or other greens you froze last summer. Learn why water beads up on some leaves, all about Cannas, and if hydrogen peroxide is a good thing to use on plant problems.

Standards, Yarrow, Voles and a Book Review

Standards, Yarrow, Voles and a Book Review

Ep 175 – Ellen and C.L. explain what a “standard form” plant is and why you might want to plant the perennial yarrow in your landscape. Hear a rave review of Jessica Walliser’s new book about science-based companion planting, and learn about vole trails.

Fennel, Epiphytes and Pelleted Seed

Fennel, Epiphytes and Pelleted Seed

Ep 173 – Ellen and C.L talk about growing fennel, what an epiphytic plant is, and why you may want to try some pellitized seeds. We answer Melissa’s question about why some paperwhite narcissus are more fragrant than others.

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