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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 Questi...

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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 a...

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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 wister...

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: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?

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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/...

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April 23, 2020 17 min

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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 d...

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: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

 

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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? ...

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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 call...

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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/di...

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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.  

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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 Let...

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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...

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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 ...

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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 us...

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January 16, 2020 20 min

We begin this episode with the types of roses that are available for gardens, and which are the easiest to grow. Next we discuss the cottony bug that plagues many houseplants, the mealy bug. And we end with a question from a listener about the sensitive plant, a mimosa with leaves that close when you touch them.

:29 Plant Noob: The types of roses.

9:30 Eat/Drink/Grow:  Mealy Bug.

17:12 Love Letters and Questions Byron writes that h...

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