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.

Raspberries, Rock Walls, and Perennial Bloom

Raspberries, Rock Walls, and Perennial Bloom

Ep 248 – Ellen and C.L. talk about the difference between raspberries and blackberries, give suggestions for plants that grow well in the tiny spaces in rock walls, and discuss whether you should panic when you see bugs on a plant. We end with a listener’s question about a perennial garden filled with early-summer bloomers.

Edible Flower Petals, Tap Roots and Crop Rotation

Edible Flower Petals, Tap Roots and Crop Rotation

Ep 247 – C.L. and Ellen have suggestions for edible flower petals, whether you want to use them for visual or taste appeal. Hear a discussion about taproots – what are they and what they mean for you – and hear if you need to be concerned about crop rotation.

Mint, Harvesting Garlic, and Plant Supports

Mint, Harvesting Garlic, and Plant Supports

Ep 246 – Ellen and C.L. discuss ways to use the mint you grow, the basics of harvesting garlic, and ways of supporting vegetables and newly planted trees. Plus we answer a listener’s question about spraying fertilizer directly onto foliage.

Flea Beetles, a Book Review and Houseplants at Summer Camp

Flea Beetles, a Book Review and Houseplants at Summer Camp

Ep 245 –
Ellen and C.L. talk about a common insect that causes damage in many vegetable gardens: flea beetles. Next they address questions and issues that arise when houseplants have been put outside for the summer, review an inspiring new book, and answer Ryan’s question about possible groundcover crops for weed suppression in flower farms.

Dead Trees, Early Flowering Perennials, and What NOW?

Dead Trees, Early Flowering Perennials, and What NOW?

Ep 244 – Dead Trees, Early Flowering Perennials, and What NOW? C.L. and Ellen discuss what to do if your tree dies, and what actions to take when something has already happened and you need to respond or do your best to fix it.

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