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Ellen Zachos and C.L. Fornari help you discover the amazing world of plants: in the garden, in the wild, and on your plate. They show you how to grow plants successfully, how to enjoy your natural surroundings, and how to make the most of your harvest, whether it's cultivated or foraged. (Spoiler alert: they don't always agree!) You'll find three different topics in each episode, plus email questions from listeners.

Ellen Zachos and C.L. Fornari help you discover the amazing world of plants: in the garden, in the wild, and on your plate. They show you how to grow plants successfully, how to enjoy your natural surroundings, and how to make the most of your harvest, whether it's cultivated or foraged. (Spoiler alert: they don't always agree!) You'll find three different topics in each episode, plus email questions from listeners.

Location:

United States

Description:

Ellen Zachos and C.L. Fornari help you discover the amazing world of plants: in the garden, in the wild, and on your plate. They show you how to grow plants successfully, how to enjoy your natural surroundings, and how to make the most of your harvest, whether it's cultivated or foraged. (Spoiler alert: they don't always agree!) You'll find three different topics in each episode, plus email questions from listeners.

Language:

English


Episodes

Early June Edibles, Vegetable Garden Problems, and Repotting Houseplants

6/4/2020
If you’re wondering if you can still plant vegetables, or you’re seeing your new plants being eaten, this episode is for you. Learn what to do about holes and bites out of young plants, hear how to repot houseplants now, and find out which indoor plants should be sent “to summer camp.” :39 What’s For Dinner Planting in early June 5:00 Eat/Drink/Grow: Seeds that don’t germinate, seedlings that disappear, and young plants that are being eaten. 19:29 Insider Information: Repotting...

Duration:00:25:18

Apricots, Cucamelons, Weed Management and Angels Trumpets

5/28/2020
Hear about eating unripe apricots and growing the tiny, tasty cucamelons. Learn how to plant for better weed management, discover the exotic, fragrant Brugmansia plant and learn what thinning seedlings is all about. :33 What’s for dinner: Unripe Apricots and cucamelons. 7:04 Insider Information: Planting for easier weed management. 13:43 Eat/Drink/Grow: Growing Brugmansia, aka Angel’s Trumpets 19:44 Love Letters and Questions: Kipper wonders what “thinning” means.

Duration:00:22:50

Fertilizing, Flowering Vines, and Elderberries

5/21/2020
Ellen and C.L. talk about how often plants need fertilizer, and several flowering vines you should know and grow. They review a product that treats poison ivy and poison oak and Ellen explains the difference between elderberry shrubs. :38 True or False: I need to fertilize all my gardens every year, right? 8:43 Eat/Drink/Grow: Flowering Vines 17:37 Product Review: Zanfel for Poison Ivy/Poison Oak 20:51 Love Letters and Questions From one of the attendees of the Northweest Flower and...

Duration:00:22:57

Dividing Perennials, Herb Gardens and Pruning Lilacs

5/14/2020
Learn when to cut back lavender, how to grow herbs in pots, and why your perennials may need dividing. Discover where to plant herbs. Hear about pruning lilacs and wisteria, brought to you by Dramm Rainwands. :28 Plant Noob: Dividing perennials - how, why and when. 9:13 Eat/Drink/Grow: Herb Garden Questions from the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival 20:57 Love Letters and Questions: When should I prune lilacs and wisteria.

Duration:00:23:13

Dandelion Flowers, Foodscaping, and A Plant That Won_t Flower

5/7/2020
:32 What’s For Dinner Dandelion Flowers 4:51 Eat/Drink/Grow: The Edible Landscape – Vegetable Gardens and Perennial Edibles aka “Foodscaping” 21:35 Love Letters and Questions: I have a plant that won’t flower. In this episode, brought to you by Dramm Rainwands, we talk about eating dandelion flowers, foodscaping, and what to do with a plant that won’t flower. Is fertilizer the answer?

Duration:00:24:22

Galvanized Containers, Cocktail Ingredient Plants and Other Q&A

4/30/2020
Learn about planting in galvanized containers, if hyacinth beans are edible, and underplanting trees with shrubs. Hear Ellen and C.L.’s picks for their three top garden ingredients for cocktails, what plants like coffee grounds, and C.L.’s favorite variety of kale. Plus more questions that came in from the audience at the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival in Seattle. :40 Just For Fun: Galvanized containers for plants. 5:25 Eat/Drink/Grow: Questions from Seattle Flower Show 16:04 Love...

Duration:00:24:43

Cocktails With Flower Power

4/23/2020
This episode was recorded live at our appearance at the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival in Seattle. This week, the second part of our talk on Flower Power and the Cocktail Hour. In this episode we give examples of flower-fueled cocktails you can make.

Duration:00:17:27

Flower Power and the Cocktail Hour, Places and Plants

4/16/2020
This episode was recorded live at our appearance at the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival in Seattle. This week, the first part of our talk on Flower Power and the Cocktail Hour. We discuss great plants and how to create a flower-filled environment for gathering in the evening.

Duration:00:23:06

Box Store Plants, Bamboo and Saving a Money Tree

4/9/2020
In this episode Ellen and C.L. tackle a myth about box stores selling plants that have been raised with neonicotinoids, we discuss the amazing bamboo, and answer a question about saving a houseplant. :34 True or False: Box store plants are raised using neonicotinoids 4:54 Eat/Drink/Grow: Bamboo 20:25 Love Letters and Questions: A listener asks if her money tree houseplant can be saved

Duration:00:25:08

Lettuce Wraps, Coriander and Replacing Ugly Junipers

4/2/2020
Be inspired to make lettuce wraps for dinner, hear about growing coriander, and learn about plant pheromones. Plus hear how Ellen and C.L. advise Don about his ugly junipers. :32 What’s For Dinner: “Lettuce Wraps” 4:30 Eat/Drink/Grow: Coriander 14:44 Insider Information: What are plant pheromones?20:09 Love Letters and Questions: Don asks what to do with ugly junipers.

Duration:00:24:56

Chopped Salad, Leaf Spot Fungus, and Attracting Hummingbirds

3/26/2020
This podcast will inspire you to create more chopped salads, explain leaf spot fungus, and provide a list of plants that will attract hummingbirds. We also explain some flower terminology and answer a curious listener’s email. :40 What’s for dinner: “Chopped Salad” 5:18 Insider Information: Leaf spot fungus. 17:00 Eat/Drink/Grow: Plants to Attract Hummingbirds 22:08 Did You Know: Difference between a single, semi-double, and double flower forms. 25: 08 Love Letters and Questions: Meg...

Duration:00:26:38

Make Plant-able Pot, Low Maintenance Perennials and A Cannabis Book Review

3/19/2020
:32 Plant Noob: How to make your own plant-able pots for starting seeds in. 5:57 Eat/Drink/Grow: Perennials that don’t spread very much. 16:21 Product Review: Book: Growing Weed in the Garden by Johanna Silver 22:15 Love Letters and Questions Pippa asks about using products that make houseplants have shiny leaves. Link to the YouTube video about making square newspaper pots: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dlGQP81yfo The list of perennials we covered: Peony (Paeonia) Butterfly weed...

Duration:00:25:12

Too Much Manure, Salt in Soils, and A Plant Threesome

3/12/2020
In this episode C.L. and Ellen discuss research into growing plants in salty soils, aerating lawns with spiky shoes, and a plant that’s a three some. We end explaining why it’s possible to have too much manure in your soil. :47 Did You Know: From the world of Plant Science: salty soils 3:50 True or False: You can aerate your lawn by walking on it with golf shoes. 7:57 Eat/Drink/Grow: Lichen: The plant that’s a threesome? 14:44 Love Letters and Questions: Tim writes, “Is it possible to...

Duration:00:20:36

Spring Tonic Salads, Lemon Balm Herb, and Coconut Coir

3/5/2020
Get inspired to make a spring salad containing flower petals, hear about how a native plant in one area might be invasive elsewhere, and learn about a lemon-scented herb. The episode ends with a question about coconut coir. :31 What’s For Dinner: Spring tonic salads 4:28 Eat/Drink/Grow: A plant that’s native in one place (and oh-so-beneficial) might be harmful in another location. 13:01 Insider Information: All about the herb called Lemon Balm. 17:38 Love Letters and Questions Cory wants...

Duration:00:21:34

Plantrama Reviews, Discovering New Plants, and Succulents for Boxes

2/27/2020
This episode of Plantrama gives you a heads up about two great plants, talks about what happens when people find a new plant and want to either patent it or otherwise bring it to market. We end with advise for Helen about her boxes in San Francisco. :30 Insider Information – Plant Reviews: Burpee Silky Sweet Hybrid turnip and Agastache ‘Glowing Embers’ from High Country Gardens 6:01 Eat/Drink/Grow: What to do if you’ve found/discovered a new plant. 19:24 Love Letters and Questions:...

Duration:00:24:46

Cannas, Easy Perennials From Seed, and Wild Wintergreen

2/20/2020
Discover why you should grow Cannas, hear about easy perennials to grow from seed (more plants!), and learn about the wild wintergreen plant…teaberry flavor from a foraged berry? :28 Plant Noob: Cannas – how, when, where, why. We mention ordering from Brent and Becky's Bulbs. 8:56 Eat/Drink/Grow: The easiest Perennials to grow from seed. 20:31 Love Letters and Questions: Nathan emailed us to ask about wintergreen berries.

Duration:00:24:40

Windowboxes, Easy Vegetables from Seed, and Bad Garden Advice

2/13/2020
Ellen and C.L. provide the 1-2-3 steps to planting window boxes, discuss some really bad plant advice seen online, talk about easy vegetables to grow from seed, and answer a question about winter protection. :35 Plantrama 1 2 3: I want to put window boxes on the front of my house. 8:20 True or False: Putting used diapers in the bottom of a hanging basket! 11:20 Eat/Drink/Grow: Easiest Vegetables to Grow From Seed 20:22 Love Letters and Questions: Harry asks ”Is it too late to wrap...

Duration:00:24:56

Fritters, Easy Annuals From Seed and a Career Building Vacation

2/6/2020
In this episode you’ll learn how to make fritters (vegan and not), discover annuals that are easy to grow from seed, and hear about two opportunities to connect with your Plantrama hosts, live in 2020. :28 What’s For Dinner: Fritters Foraged and Farmed Ellen’s Fritter recipe here. 6:50 Eat/Drink/Grow: Easiest Annuals To Grow From Seed 21:31 Love Letters and Questions: Two opportunities to meet us and learn more about plants. Northwest Flower and Garden Show GardenComm Save the Date...

Duration:00:26:58

Lasagna Without Pasta, Seed Starting Terms, and Flapjack Plant

1/30/2020
You can make a lasagna without pasta! We offer several ideas. Plus we explore seed starting terms such as thinning, damping off and seed leaves, and end with a discussion about the succulent flapjack plant (Kalanchoe thyrsiflora). :30 What’s For Dinner: Lasagna without the pasta. 5:26 Eat/Drink/Grow: Thinning, damping off, and “seed leaves” – some seed starting basic terms. 18:41 Love Letters and Questions Emma writes about a flapjack plant.

Duration:00:23:31

Bitters, Terrariums, and Heat For Seed Germination

1/23/2020
This episode starts with talk about bitters, what they are, why you want them in a cocktail, and how to make your own. We go on to talk about the basics for making a terrarium and end with a question from a listener about using heat mats for starting seeds. :30 What’s for dinner: Bitters. The link to Ellen's Recipes for bitters. 9:07 Eat/Drink/Grow: Terrariums 23:57 Love Letters and Questions: Hannah writes, “Do I need to use heat mats?”

Duration:00:28:00