Plantrama - plants, landscapes, & bringing nature indoors

Plantrama - plants, landscapes, & bringing nature indoors

Science, Art & Dinner, it’s all in your own backyard. All about plants, gardens, foraging, and more.

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May 26, 2022 25 min

In this end-of-May episode Ellen and C.L. discuss using lettuce to wrap tasty fillings, for a meal or snack. We explain what a botanist does, the importance of several types of diversity in our yards and gardens, and answer Pete’s question about applying Mediterranean style to a Minnesota garden.

:28      What’s for dinner:   Lettuce Wraps 3:22     Insider Information:   What is a botanist? 7:33       Eat/Drink/Grow:    Garden Dive...

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The Plantrama team discusses the best way to fill a raised bed, why the practice called hugelkulture is getting so much buzz, a podcast recommendation, and finding a garden mentor.

 

:30      Plant Noob: Why you shouldn’t fill a raised bed with only compost. 5:24   Eat/Drink/Grow:  Hugelkultur   16:29   Check THIS Out!:  a plant podcast that C.L. loves. 18:48  Love Letters and Questions    Morgan in Michigan writes about finding ga...

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Have you ever bought an envelope of seeds that had no instructions on it? Do you have clay soils where you garden? Ellen and C.L. start the program with these topics, then move onto invasive plants in the landscape, and the differences between different types of potting media.

:30   True or False:   It’s okay to send out seeds without any germination information. 5:12     Eat/Drink/Grow:  Gardening in Clay 21:18  Insider Informatio...

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May 5, 2022 27 min

It’s pasta for dinner, and everything coming up roses in this episode of Plantrama. Ellen shares her nettle pasta recipe, and C.L. talks about a quick way to use any garden greens with linguine. We discuss the highs and lows of growing roses, and end by answering a listener’s question about catkins.

:37 What’s For Dinner:  A go-to garden or foraged pasta.  

6:55 Eat/Drink/Grow:   Roses.

24:50 Love Letters and Questions: Diedre aske...

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In this episode Ellen and C.L. celebrate spring salads, discuss organic fertilizers and discuss the many ways to grow vining Clematis.

:28    What’s for dinner:  Spring Salads 

6:24     Insider Information:  Organic fertilizers

11:03    Eat/Drink/Grow:    Clematis

This episode is brought to you by our friends at Rainwand.com

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The Plantrama team gives those new to vegetable gardening some advice about raised beds...how deep, what to fill them with, and whether they need a weed barrier underneath. We talk about how to remember what you’ve planted, without sticking ugly labels next to every plant in your garden. In a new segment, we tell you about a couple of great things that we’ve discovered.

 

:45   Plant Noob:  Raised bed Tips    10:46   Eat/Drink/Grow...

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Do you need a special fertilizer for Cannabis budding? Do you need special fertilizers for different types of plants? Do some fertilizers work better than others, and can you make your own out of food scraps? These questions answered and more in this episode.

 

:33      True or False:   In order to get Cannabis to bud, you have to use special “bloom” fertilizers 3:22     Eat/Drink/Grow:  Fertilizer Facts and Fantasies 20:06   Love ...

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April 7, 2022 26 min

The Plantrama team gets their fingers sticky with strawberry juices today as we talk about foraging for wild berries, and how to grow strawberries in your garden. Hear about the types of plants, protecting berries from critters, using this plant as groundcover, and more. We end with some thoughts about soil temperatures.

Here is a great chart from the Cooperative Extension-Sacramento County, showing how long seeds take to germinate...

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Spring Greens, Plants for Arbors, and Forced Bulbs

In the last episode for March Ellen and C.L. answer the last batch of questions collected at the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival in Seattle. Many of these focus on plants for arbors and pergolas.

:28    What’s for dinner: Spring Greens 3:37    Insider Information:   Can a night blooming Cereus grow indoors in AK?  5:27   Eat/Drink/Grow:   Plants for arbors, pergolas and trelli...

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Ellen and C.L. address more questions from the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival in Seattle. We discuss the herb that gets no respect, Parsley, plus keeping outdoor furniture dry, escaping the insect invasion in your outdoor living areas, and how we started a podcast...and how you might start a garden business too!

:40   What’s for dinner: Parsley

4:19  Insider Information:  Garden furniture in rainy climates

10:57  Eat/Drink/G...

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Hear about how to garden if you move frequently, creating consistent gardens in sun and shade, colors that work together, and growing strawberries in a greenhouse. That and keeping the neighbor’s dogs from killing plants when they urinate on them.

With thanks to our sponsors:

Storey Publishing, Gardener's Supply Company and Botanical Interest Seeds

1:06    Plant Noob: The neighbor’s dogs kill my plants on the sidewalk!

4:42  ...

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Questions from the 2022 Seattle flower show continue, with blue, mophead hydrangea blooming and pruning in our main segment. Ellen and C.L. also talk about pH for vegetable gardens and peonies that stop blooming.

 This episode brought to you by our friends at Dramm - makers of rainwands and other garden gear.

:45  The Plant Noob:   How important is soil pH for vegetables 6:56 Eat/Drink/Grow:  Hydrangea Happiness 18:17 Love Letters ...

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C.L. and Ellen answer questions that were submitted at the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival in Seattle. They discuss pruning raspberries, great plants with white flowers, and how to get rid of fungus gnats.

 

1:31   What’s For Dinner: Raspberries!      

10:14    Eat/Drink/Grow:   Gardens with White Flowers. 

21:56    Insider Information:  Fungus Gnats

With thanks to our sponsors at the NWFGS:  Storey Publishing.

Gardener's ...

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If you’re bored with your usual breakfast, this episode is for you. We also explain photoperiodism, talk about starting pepper seeds and growing them in the garden, and answer a listener’s question about Lantana.

:30 What’s for dinner: Breakfast Alternatives

8:11 Insider Information:  Photoperiodism  

10:56 Eat/Drink/Grow:  Peppers

25:55 Love Letters and Questions: Sam writes to ask about Lantana

Link to Ellen's Clafouti recipe...

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Do you grow citrus indoors for at least part of the year? Learn to be the bee! We also suggest plants for the “COVID cranky” (and who isn’t?) plus becoming a local or niche garden expert.

 

:34     Plant Noob:  Pollinating Citrus You’re Growing Indoors    4:24    Eat/Drink/Grow: Plants for the Covid Cranky 18:36   Plant Empowerment:   Becoming a local or niche garden guru.

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In this episode Ellen and C.L. talk about cilantro and coriander...one in the same plant. We have agreeing opinions about Stevia, and explain the reason that it takes awhile for some new introductions to reach the marketplace. The podcast ends with Anne’s question about hauling weeds to the compost...necessary?

 

:30        What’s For Dinner:  Coriander/Cilantro  

10:38    Eat/Drink/Grow:   Plants that are natural sweeteners...beyo...

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This episode starts with ideas for cooking with dried mushrooms. We explain how to tell the difference between pine, fir and spruce trees, do a dive into Ericaceous plants, and end with a question about taking cuttings and transplanting houseplants in the winter.

:30 What’s for dinner:  How to cook with dried mushrooms 

9:16 Insider Information:  Pines, firs and spruce.

14:11 Eat/Drink/Grow:    Ericaceous plants

22:11 Love Letters ...

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January 20, 2022 28 min

The Plantrama team discuss a botanic term for plants that put leaves straight up out of the ground (no stems!), and answer a listener’s question about a Bromeliad that hasn’t made more blooms. Ellen and C.L. present a new segment: Plant Empowerment, which explains how to make a passion for plants into a profession. We start with custom container plantings.

:33    Plant Noob:   Acaulescent plants 

2:38    Eat/Drink/Grow:  Plant Empo...

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January 13, 2022 28 min

The Plantrama team discusses the common belief that eggshells provide quick calcium for plants. Next we look at the myths, misunderstandings and misuse of moss, and end with a question about making a terrarium.

 

:30  True or False:  Eggshells are good calcium for gardens

4:45  Eat/Drink/Grow:  Moss.

21:37  Love Letters and Questions:  Ricci asks about terrariums

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Have you ever wondered if plants talk to each other? Do you want to have a big number of perennial plants cheaply? Would you like to know what it takes to grow Cannibis from seed? Ellen and C.L. cover these topics in this episode.

 :30   True or False: Plants talk to each other. 7:22   Eat/Drink/Grow:  Growing Perennials From Seed 21:06   Love Letters and Questions:    R.B. wrote:  “Last year I tried growing Cannabis from seed and ...

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