Seeds, Snake Plant, and Plantrama in Seattle

Seeds, Snake Plant, and Plantrama in Seattle

In this episode we talk about “the Swiss Army Knife of plants,” the Sansevieria, and the science, art and dinner of seeds. Learn about the 2,000 year old seed that germinated, and why it’s to the vegetable gardener’s benefit to plan for what they want to grow this spring. Find out why advance planning may not be in the forager’s best interest.

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Paperwhite Narcissus, Cyclamen and The Franklinia Tree

Paperwhite Narcissus, Cyclamen and The Franklinia Tree

From indoor edibles and Cyclamen to a tree that’s a part of American history, this episode touches on a variety of plants. iEllen and C.L. talk about Calamondin oranges, paperwhite Narcissus, Cyclamen wild and tame, and the Franklinia tree.

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Winter Cocktails, Poinsettias, Preventing Mouse Damage and A Solstice Celebration

Winter Cocktails, Poinsettias, Preventing Mouse Damage and A Solstice Celebration

It’s a good thing that we start this episode with winter cocktails because after that the conversation moves onto mice and a slight disagreement about Poinsettias. Do you love this holiday plant as C.L. does? Or do you agree with Ellen that they are a waste of money? And how about those spray-painted plants? C.L. thinks they are fun in a rock-and-roll kind of way, but Ellen says they are “crimes against horticulture.” Listen and weigh in with your opinion!

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Crabapples, Winter Protection and Fungus Gnats

Crabapples, Winter Protection and Fungus Gnats

This episode helps you to decide if you need to wrap shrubs in burlap for winter protection, discusses why crabapple trees are so appealing and useful, explains which greens and nuts you can harvest in November and answers a question about annoying fruit flies that have appeared to drive Robbie crazy.

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Insider Information on Garden Tourism, New Plants and Garden Products, and What on Earth is GWA?

Insider Information on Garden Tourism, New Plants and Garden Products, and What on Earth is GWA?

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.

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Winter Squash, Fall Cleanup and Saving Summer Annuals

Winter Squash, Fall Cleanup and Saving Summer Annuals

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.

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Barbecued Greens, Firepits, Preserving the Harvest & Our Secret Six Tools

Barbecued Greens, Firepits, Preserving the Harvest & Our Secret Six Tools

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/ )

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