Fall Foraging, Critters and Borage

Join Ellen and C.L. as they talk about silverberries (Elaeagnus umbellata), an easily grown herb with edible flowers (Borage), and what to do when the population of critters explodes. All that and some discussion about leaf shapes and cooperative extension services.

:28 What’s for dinner: Foraging for silverberries
4:02 Plant noob: Let’s talk about the borage plant.
8:19 Eat/Drink/Grow: Leaf shape vocabulary
15:47 Insider Information: Critter population explosion!
21:43 Love Letters and Questions: Maria reminds us about the importance of Cooperative Extension Services.

Check out this Wikipedia page about leaf shapes.

We mention Jesica Walliser’s books, and one that we love is Attracting Bueneficial Bugs to Your Garden. 

These are silverberry fruits – autumn olive plants.

Borage plants in C.L.’s trough filled with edible flowers. See how lovely the blue borage flowers are?

The tall borge plants needed support in my trough planter. In the ground they may or may not need tying.

It’s the year of the bunny…at least on Cape Cod in 2019. They’ve been breeding like rabbits! Ellen and C.L. look at why in some years you find a huge population of critters, while in other seasons you don’t have as many.

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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