Green Tomatoes, Saving Tropical plants and Raccoons Eating Corn

Ellen and C.L. discuss what to do with green tomatoes, saving tropical plants over the winter, and how plants get their names. We end by answering Kirk’s question about raccoons eating the sweet corn he grew this year.

:31 What’s For Dinner: Green Tomatoes.
4:48 Eat/Drink/Grow: Saving Caladiums, Mandevilla and Cannas for next year.
16:55 Insider Information: How plants get their names
23:47 Love Letters and Questions: Kirk says the raccoons ate all his corn!

Frost is expected! You can pick these green tomatoes and either cook with them immediately, or let them ripen a bit indoors.

Caladiums are lovely summer annuals in northern climates. They can be saved from year to year.

C.L. shares Kirk’s pain in this episode. Here is what the raccoons did to the corn in her community garden plot.

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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