Fall Cocktails, Winter Protection and Growing Fig Trees

We start off this podcast with a toast to fall as Ellen presents an autumnal cocktail…a frozen persimmon margarita! We discuss protecting plants for the winter (should you?) and growing figs in cold climates. The glorious, fall-flowering goldenrod is a plant we celebrate, and we’re happy to announce the arrival of Plantrama shirts and other merch. Find Ellen’s recipe for the cocktail here.

:31 autumnal cocktails 
4:35 winter protection
13:10 figs
23:04 goldenrod
27:34 Plant 911/merch

Here is the Frozen Persimmon Margarita that we are using to toast to fall.

No protection would be better than this! This is not only ugly, but likely to damage the plants underneath the fabric.

Not only is this ugly, but it didn’t work to protect hydrangea stems. (Note that no other wrapping works to protect non-bud-hardy blue hydrangeas either. Not burlap, not hay.)

This brown turkey fig is ripe. wait until you see the white “cracks” in the skin before picking.

Yes…this is how C.L.’s garage looks in the winter with the fig trees stored down the center of the space.

Plantrama Gear

Find our Plantrama gear on the “Shop” page of this website.

Learn about an easy, vegetable comfort dish and the Norfolk Island Pine houseplant. Discover great holiday gifts and find out what is meant by “genus and species.” There are no stupid questions here, as long as the topic is plants!

:30 What’s For Dinner:   Twice Baked Potatoes
6:42  Eat/Drink/Grow:   Norfolk Island Pine Araucaria heterophylla native to Norfolk Island, a small island between Australia and New Zealand and not really a pine.
14:34 Insider Information: The Plantrama Gift List
21:28 Love Letters and Questions: Could you please explain the terms species and genus?

Gift List:
Our Books and Plantrama Merch
Mastering the Art of Vegetable Gardening: Rare Varieties - Unusual Options - Plant Lore & Guidance Matt Mattus
Orbit B-hyve Irrigation
Gift certificate from Botanical Interest Seeds

All sorts of veggies can be mixed into the potato...kale, broccoli, chard, or winter squash are some favorites

You can freeze twice baked potatoes after you put them together. Then they are ready to take out of the freezer and bake when you need healthy comfort food.

People appreciate a Norfolk Island Pine as a substitute indoor Christmas tree because it's bright green and the layered branches can hold some ornaments.

Some put this plant out in a dappled sun location for the summer. If you wish to do so, wait until all danger of frost is past.


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