Overwintering Plants in Pots, Firepit Plantings, and Eating Dahlias

Ellen and C.L. celebrate their 100th episode with talk about keeping potted plants alive through the winter, plantings that make your fire pit experience more fragrant or beautiful, and fertilizers for every type of plant. We begin by revisiting how dahlia tubers and petals are edible and end with a question about rain gauges.

1:06 What’s for dinner: Dahlias!
4:44 True or False:   You need a different fertilizer for each type of plant.
9:40 Eat/Drink/Grow: Hot & Cold…Fire pit plantings and over-wintering plants in outdoor containers.
19:42 Love Letters and Questions:   Making sense of the markings on rain gauges.

If you dig your dahlia tubers to store them for the winter, wash them off well and let dry out of the weather. C.L. wraps them in newspaper bundles and puts them in boxes in the garage so she can plant them next summer..

 

Here is the bread that Ellen makes out of dahlia tubers. Click on the photo to see the recipe.

A firepit is just the beginning for your outdoor living space. If you have one, you need plants that will enhance the experience.

This rain gauge has an opening that’s almost 4″ across. So the mark that measures one inch of rain is about 6″ up this vessel.

 

 

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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