Taming Overgrown or Too Large Gardens and Garden Design Tips

​We begin this episode with the importance of planting something new “at ground level.” Next Ellen and C.L. discuss what to do if your gardens have grown too large or unmanageable. We give garden design tips and end with Kerry’s request for different holiday plant suggestions.

:30    Plant Noob: The importance of digging a large enough hole.
6:21   Eat/Drink/Grow: What to do if your garden beds have “gotten away from you.”
17:27   Garden Design Tips:  Straight lines are formal, groups are less so. Why odd numbers are important.
21:24   Love Letters and Questions Kerry asks for suggestions for holiday plants that aren’t Christmas Cactus, Cyclamen or Poinsettias.

This tree was planted too deeply. We scraped away the soil to reveal the root flare, and that’s where “ground level” should be. Other plants often get planted too high so that the roots are showing…equally harmful for the plant.

If you find that all of your gardens are filled with weeds that you don’t have the time or energy to pull, your garden has gotten away from you. Time to reduce the load by scaling back!

This is an example of a more formal planting. When everything does well it looks neat and pleasing…but think of how it would look if a few of these plants died?

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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