Root Crops, Plant Protection and Flies

Root Crops, Plant Protection and Flies

Ep 207 – Ellen and C.L. talk about root crops – potatoes, and sunchokes – and what “open pollinated” means. We discuss the pros and cons of protecting plants for the winter, and answer a listener’s question about plants that draw flies.

Compost, Witches Brooms and Pressed Flowers

Compost, Witches Brooms and Pressed Flowers

Ep 205 – Is compost – homemade or purchased – a good substitute for fertilizer? What is that thick growth in a tree? Ellen and C.L. answer these questions and respond to a listener about uses for pressed flowers.

Growing Perennials From Collected Seed and Early Fall Color

Growing Perennials From Collected Seed and Early Fall Color

Ep 204 – The Plantrama partners in plants start by discussing how to eat the parts of plants we often toss out or put into the compost. Next, we talk about growing new plants from the seeds that you might see right now in your perennial garden. We end by answering a listener’s question about what might make a shrub or tree turn bright colors very early in autumn.

Yellow Leaves, Fall Vegetables or Foraging, and Bringing Houseplants Inside

Yellow Leaves, Fall Vegetables or Foraging, and Bringing Houseplants Inside

Ep 203 – 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.

Green Apples, Caffeine, and Corn

Green Apples, Caffeine, and Corn

Ep 201 – The Plantrama duo discuss caffeine as an insecticide, and talk about corn, which is a grass and a great deal more. The episode ends with a discussion of picking green apples.

Cakes, Limited Room and Dense Raised Bed Plantings

Cakes, Limited Room and Dense Raised Bed Plantings

Ep 200 – In this 200th episode of Plantrama, Ellen and C.L. celebrate with cake! Hear about Ellen’s berry pudding cake and C.L.’s beet cake. Next we talk about where to plant if you’re running out of room (remember topsy-turvy tomatoes?) and whether it’s okay to pack vegetables into a raised bed.

Blueberries, Panicle Hydrangeas, and a Weed Wand

Blueberries, Panicle Hydrangeas, and a Weed Wand

Ep 199 – In this episode Ellen and C.L. talk about the blueberry harvest, soil acidity or alkalinity, Hydrangea paniculata plants, spraying foliage with water in hot weather and a magical way to control weeds. (And no, there is not magic wand for weeds…let’s just get that cleared up before falsehoods start to be spread.

Your Outdoor Office, Daylilies, and Mosquito Control

Your Outdoor Office, Daylilies, and Mosquito Control

Ep 198 – The Plantrama team talk about your outdoor office; making places on decks, patios, porches or even in the woods where you can work and create. We take a deep dive into Daylilies, and answer a listener’s question about mosquitoes. This episode is being brought to you by our friends at www.rainwand.com

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