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Wintergreen, Bromeliads and GMO Seeds

Wintergreen, Bromeliads and GMO Seeds

Ep 063 – On this winter episode Ellen and C.L. consider a North American native plant that has been a favorite flavoring for gum, tea and toothpaste. We discuss why perennials bloom at a particular time of year, chat about why we love bromeliad plants, and explain how to care for them. At the end of the podcast we answer Paul’s question about GMO seeds.

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Nematodes, Avocados and Berms

Nematodes, Avocados and Berms

Ep 062 – In this December episode Ellen and C.L. talk about nematodes (harmful and beneficial), and the amazing sex life of the avocado flower. C.L. gives her opinion about putting small berms in a landscape, and tells a story that her berm rant sparked from someone in her audience. We answer Ellen’s question about gardening when high…in an upper altitude, that is.

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Juniper Berries, Banana Plants and Perennials From Seed

Juniper Berries, Banana Plants and Perennials From Seed

Ep 061 – In this episode Ellen and C.L. talk about the misinformation about edible juniper berries that you find online. We talk about growing banana plants, and why you might want to start perennials from seed. Lauren asks about germinating milkweed seed.

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Lucky Bamboo, Bracts and Pruning Evergreens

Lucky Bamboo, Bracts and Pruning Evergreens

Ep 060 – Ellen and C.L. talk about lucky bamboo; what type of plant it is and how to care them. We explain what bracts are and why some plants have very showy ones, talk about making more plants by air layering, and answer Sal’s question about pruning evergreens now so the greens can be used for holiday decorating.

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Getting a Peace Lily to Bloom, Human Hair in the Garden, and Biennials

Getting a Peace Lily to Bloom, Human Hair in the Garden, and Biennials

Ep 059 – Hear Ellen and C.L. talk about the practice of putting human hair in the garden will keep critters away. Next we explain how to get a peace lily to flower again, and the difference been a plant that’s an epiphyte and one that’s a parasite. C.L. tells how she came to be a garden communicator (she never intended to write and talk about plants and gardens!) and we answer Sam’s question about when biennials flower.

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Grow Lights, Holiday Boxwood Trees, and Our Thanksgiving Table

Grow Lights, Holiday Boxwood Trees, and Our Thanksgiving Table

Ep 058 – Acorn baklava and creamed chard start off this episode. Hear how holiday boxwood trees are made, and learn about providing your indoor plants with supplemental lighting. A listener asks about “seed FOMO” – should seeds be ordered now and will they still be good next spring?

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A Hot Houseplant, Worm Castings and Shepard’s Purse

A Hot Houseplant, Worm Castings and Shepard’s Purse

Ep 057 – In this episode of Plantrama Ellen and C.L. talk about a very common (and edible) weed known as shepherd’s purse. They discuss how to successfully grow the large-foliaged houseplant, fiddle leaf fig, and explain the benefits of worm castings. Their question this week comes from Carson who wants to know how to prevent mouse damage in her house and shed.

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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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