We’re pleased to take you into the world of garden communicators and garden tourism in this episode. Fresh out of the GWA annual meeting and trade show, Ellen and C.L. share what they’ve learned about new plants and products for the home landscape. We talk about how GardenWalk Buffalo is a model for other regions when it comes to tourism dollars and community development. We talk about new plants and products that we discovered at the Garden Writers Association meeting. And we answer a listener’s question about bringing Meyer lemons indoors.read more
In this episode we talk about how to tell if winter squash is ripe and how to preserve it. We discuss saving annuals from year to year, and give the pros and cons of fall yard cleanups. Ellen and C.L. also invite you to become inspired by the artist Andy Goldsworthy.read more
I’m hoping that you’ll try the barbecued chard recipe we talk about in this episode – even non-vegetable eaters and kids often love this dish! We also give you several ways to preserve the bounty from your garden. Whether you dry or can it, as Ellen prefers, or roast and freeze it as C.L. does, you’ll enjoy your garden-grown or foraged harvest through the winter with these methods. We also speak about your firepit plantings, and give our favorite “secret six” tools that will make your outdoor adventures easier. (Link to barbecued chard: http://coffeeforroses.com/barbecued-chard/ )read more
Ellen and C.L. give you ideas for making the most delicious, fresh pesto on earth…and then move on from great taste to horrible smells! Yes, after talking about garden-grown pesto we discuss stinkhorn fungi…a creepy and spooky fungus that smells like dead meat. After a trip to the all together ooky we move on to the practical: how to water your outdoor containers.
And as always we answer a listener’s emailed question. Art, Science and Dinner: it’s all in your own backyard!read more
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.read more
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.read more
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.read more
What’s for dinner? 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.
For The Plant Noob: Next, we discuss the ways to get an accurate identification of a plant.
Eat, Drink, Grow: In this segment we talk about growing blueberries and blackberries.
Insider Information: In section discusses an article from Garden Design Magazine.
We finish off the program by answering an email about daylily maintenance.
Learn more about Garden Design Magazine by going to https://www.gardendesign.com
Ellen and C.L. both love arugula, and C.L. talks about how easy it is to grow from seed. But Ellen prefers to forage for her greens, so in this episode it’s Arugula vs. Garlic Mustard! For the plant noob we offer information about the type of plants you’ll find in the landscape, and begin our series about Your Outdoor Office. Finally, we are inspired by the article about peach recipes in the summer issue of Better Homes and Gardens, and offer some insider information about growing your own delicious fruit. An email about “blooming on old wood” finishes up this episode.read more
Ellen and C.L. start celebrating the planting season by talking about herbs in containers. Next they answer the question, “What the heck are hardiness zones?” In the main part of the podcast the topic is planting. Does your planting have to be done by a certain date? Do you really have to add peat moss to a planting hole? And what about removing that burlap or wire basket? All of these planting questions are answered, followed by a Sunflower Story and an email from a listener. It’s planting season…let’s play in the dirt!read more