Tasty meals, New Plant Discoveries and a Dormant Period

Tasty meals, New Plant Discoveries and a Dormant Period

Ep 258 – We’re talking about garlic and crabapples, plants that are new to our hearts, and some interesting research on bulbs done at Cornell University. Plus some words of appreciation for all of our listeners…Plantrama people are the best!

Peppers, Dry Summers, and a Clover Lawn

Peppers, Dry Summers, and a Clover Lawn

Ep 256 – In this episode Ellen and C.L. discuss some favorite peppers, and answer common listener questions about drought-damaged plants and helping their gardens recover from a hot, dry summer. We share an exciting new plant from Proven Winners, and answer a listener’s question about clover lawns.

Encore Snacks, Outdoor Office and Entertaining

Encore Snacks, Outdoor Office and Entertaining

Ep 255 – In this Encore presentation from 2017, Ellen and C.L. start the end-of-summer party off with suggestions for snacks and garden hors d’oeuvres. The second segment offers ways that you benefit from an outdoor office, and our main segment suggests ways to spruce up your yard and garden for end-of-summer entertaining. We end with a question about end of season bargain plants, and whether they will live.

Encore of Yellow Leaves, Fall Vegetables and Bringing Houseplants Inside

Encore of Yellow Leaves, Fall Vegetables and Bringing Houseplants Inside

Ep 254 – In this end-of-August episode, C.L. and Ellen discuss how to tell why the leaves on your plant are turning yellow. They explain that noticing which leaves are yellowing, and where they are, can help explain why this is happening. Next the Plantrama team explains some botanic terms, and discusses what to forage for or plant in your vegetable garden right now. The episode ends with advice to Sandy about when to bring her houseplants back inside after they have spent the summer out of doors.

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.

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.

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

Mulch killing weeds, Citrus from Seeds, and a Robot Weeder

Mulch killing weeds, Citrus from Seeds, and a Robot Weeder

Ep 250 – Have you wondered how, or if, mulch kills weeds? Have you tried to grow a citrus plant from a seed? Ellen and C.L. discuss these topics, and answer Dianna’s question about her kousa dogwood that isn’t doing well. Plus C.L. tells Ellen and our listeners about a robot that weeds in gardens.

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