Raspberries, Rock Walls, and Perennial Bloom

Raspberries, Rock Walls, and Perennial Bloom

Ep 248 – Ellen and C.L. talk about the difference between raspberries and blackberries, give suggestions for plants that grow well in the tiny spaces in rock walls, and discuss whether you should panic when you see bugs on a plant. We end with a listener’s question about a perennial garden filled with early-summer bloomers.

Edible Flower Petals, Tap Roots and Crop Rotation

Edible Flower Petals, Tap Roots and Crop Rotation

Ep 247 – C.L. and Ellen have suggestions for edible flower petals, whether you want to use them for visual or taste appeal. Hear a discussion about taproots – what are they and what they mean for you – and hear if you need to be concerned about crop rotation.

Mint, Harvesting Garlic, and Plant Supports

Mint, Harvesting Garlic, and Plant Supports

Ep 246 – Ellen and C.L. discuss ways to use the mint you grow, the basics of harvesting garlic, and ways of supporting vegetables and newly planted trees. Plus we answer a listener’s question about spraying fertilizer directly onto foliage.

Flea Beetles, a Book Review and Houseplants at Summer Camp

Flea Beetles, a Book Review and Houseplants at Summer Camp

Ep 245 –
Ellen and C.L. talk about a common insect that causes damage in many vegetable gardens: flea beetles. Next they address questions and issues that arise when houseplants have been put outside for the summer, review an inspiring new book, and answer Ryan’s question about possible groundcover crops for weed suppression in flower farms.

Dead Trees, Early Flowering Perennials, and What NOW?

Dead Trees, Early Flowering Perennials, and What NOW?

Ep 244 – Dead Trees, Early Flowering Perennials, and What NOW? C.L. and Ellen discuss what to do if your tree dies, and what actions to take when something has already happened and you need to respond or do your best to fix it.

Dill, Planting in June and What Alliums Do

Dill, Planting in June and What Alliums Do

Ep 243 – In this first of five June episodes, C.L. and Ellen talk about growing dill, planting in the summer, and what allium foliage does when these bulbs come into bloom. Plus we answer a listener’s question about growing lemon cypress trees indoors…was she given bad advice?

Lettuce Wraps, Garden Diversity and Mediterranean Gardening

Lettuce Wraps, Garden Diversity and Mediterranean Gardening

Ep 242 – In this end-of-May episode Ellen and C.L. discuss using lettuce to wrap tasty fillings, for a meal or snack. We explain what a botanist does, the importance of several types of diversity in our yards and gardens, and answer Pete’s question about applying Mediterranean style to a Minnesota garden.

Seed Info, Gardening in Clay and Potting Media

Seed Info, Gardening in Clay and Potting Media

Ep 240 – Have you ever bought an envelope of seeds that had no instructions on it? Do you have clay soils where you garden? Ellen and C.L. start the program with these topics, then move onto invasive plants in the landscape, and the differences between different types of potting media.

Pasta, Catkins, and Roses oh my!

Pasta, Catkins, and Roses oh my!

Ep 239 – It’s pasta for dinner, and everything coming up roses in this episode of Plantrama. Ellen shares her nettle pasta recipe, and C.L. talks about a quick way to use any garden greens with linguine. We discuss the highs and lows of growing roses, and end by answering a listener’s question about catkins.

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