Rosemary, Native Switch Grass, and Moldy Cannabis

This episode gives you some hints about growing and cooking with rosemary. Ellen and C.L. discuss what makes a plant deserve the label of “invasive” and we talk about Panicum virgatum, aka switch or panic grass. And speaking of panicking…P.J. writes about mold on his Cannabis buds.

:30 What’s for dinner: Rosemary
6:27 True or False: A plant that spreads quickly is invasive and should be avoided.
11:51 Eat/Drink/Grow: Panicum virgatum – aka switch grass
16:45 Love Letters and Questions: P.J. writes to say that his cannabis plants molded!

This photo of a Salem rosemary in C.L.’s kitchen shows two things of interest. One is the tender, leggy growth that these plants can produce inside in the winter. (Cut this off and use it in cooking.) Secondly, that growth is wilted, indicating that this plant is thirsty.

 

Panicum virgatum, aka switch grass or panic grass, is a soft, native grass that works best in larger gardens.

 

This is a shot of Cannabis buds that have gray mold on them. This plant was growing outside in the fall and the weather turned wet and cool. These buds were discarded.

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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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