Roasting Summer Harvests, Mothballs and Bacteria

We start this episode with information about roasting vegetables. C.L. claims that roasted garden green beans taste as good as French fries, and Ellen says, “What?”  We then go on to trash the idea that mothballs can be used to repel animals in the garden, and talk about bacteria…the good, the bad, and the ugly. The episode ends with Chelsea’s question about growing plants in clay. 

:35   What’s for dinner  Roasted vegetables and foraged edibles
5:21  True or False: Use mothballs to repel animals from your garden?
7:48    Eat/Drink/Grow Bacteria…the good, the bad and the ugly
15:01  Love Letters and Questions: Chelsea asks about gardening in clay.

Roasting vegetables is easy. C.L. puts them on parchment paper in a 375 degree oven.

You know the vegetables are done when the edges turn brown.

NO where on the box does it say that these are safe to use outside. In fact, there are several warnings on the package that should be heeded!


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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