Blue Hydrangeas, Cattails and Birdseed Shells

Blue Hydrangeas, Cattails and Birdseed Shells

Ep 055 – In this episode we talk about the common belief that the shells of sunflower seeds “poison plants.” We also discuss why some people can grow blue mop head hydrangeas but others have a hard time getting them to flower. You’ll learn about the importance of cattails in nature and to a forager, and hear about preserving a #LeafStackChallenge.

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Walnuts, Banana Peels and Storing Seeds You Didn’t Plant

Walnuts, Banana Peels and Storing Seeds You Didn’t Plant

Ep 054 – Ellen and C.L. begin by talking about walnuts, foraged and cultivated. Discover if banana peels are good for your roses and if you need to spray your evergreens with an anti-desiccant. Learn how to store seeds that you didn’t use last summer, and if common houseplants are edible.

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Plant Sex, Seeds for Birds and a Leaf-Stack Review

Plant Sex, Seeds for Birds and a Leaf-Stack Review

Ep 053 – Ellen and C.L. discuss why you might not want to do a “fall cleanup” of your perennials. Next, we discuss S-E-X among the photosynthesizing crowd. Male and female plants, what that means for your landscape, and what happens if you don’t have both sexes. We review Asclepias speciosa ‘Davis’ and bring you up to date about #LeafStackChallenge posts on Twitter and Instagram.

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Carrots, Repotting Houseplants, and Halloween Pumpkin Seeds

Carrots, Repotting Houseplants, and Halloween Pumpkin Seeds

Ep 052 – Today we’re talking about carrots, wild and domestic. We explain that before a plant has fruit it comes into flower, and discuss the how, why, how often and when of repotting houseplants. This episode finishes with Sandy’s question,“Can I plant, or eat, the seeds we take out of the pumpkins that are being carved for Halloween?”

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Staking Trees, Pinching Plants and Harvest Parties

Staking Trees, Pinching Plants and Harvest Parties

Ep 051 – In this episode Ellen and C.L. discuss staking trees and pinching plants. They give ideas for holding a harvest party, tell about the first plant they fell in love with, and answer Kip’s question about preserving garden and foraged foods.

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Leeks, Fall Mums, and Why Plants in Pots Stay Smaller

Leeks, Fall Mums, and Why Plants in Pots Stay Smaller

Ep 050 – Ellen and C.L. talk about growing leeks, the fall classic Chrysanthemum, and how Robbie found lumpy tubers in the windowbox. Plus we discuss why plants that are in pots won’t grow as large as the same plant put into the ground.

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End of Summer Flavors, Taking Cuttings, and Fall Transplantation

End of Summer Flavors, Taking Cuttings, and Fall Transplantation

Ep 046 – In this 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.

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