Straw Bale Gardens, Overwintering a Bay Tree and An Acorn Myth

In this autumnal episode Ellen Zachos and C.L. Fornari talk about the pros and cons of straw bale gardens…fantastic or a fad? We talk about burdock (one person’s weed is another’s dinner) and keeping that potted bay tree over the winter indoors.

:28 Plant Noob: What is burdock?
3:33 Eat/Drink/Grow: straw bale gardens
12:42 Did You Know: Overwintering bay trees
22:54 Love Letters and Questions The myth of sweet acorns
See Ellen’s burdock fritter recipe here.

Ellen took a photo of a burdock plant with one of her shoes so you can see just how large this weed…I mean fantastic foraged plant, grows. 😉 

OK…Ellen almost has me appreciating burdock with this fritter photo. If you try it, let us know, OK?

C.L.’s bay tree is so large that it requires a hand-truck to get it into the garage for the winter. But having this beautiful plant, and the constant supply of fresh bay leaves, is worth the effort.

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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