Plantrama - plants, landscapes, & nature

Ellen Zachos and C.L. Fornari

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.

You'll find three different topics in each episode, plus email questions from listeners.

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Ellen and C.L. give ideas for the best low-tech kitchen tools, gift suggestions for all on your list, and tips for why ordering your seeds now is a good idea. We end with some audible plant-based listening suggestions for a listener.  :29    What’s For Dinner:  Some suggestions for must-have, low-tech kitchen equipment 8:42   Eat/Drink/Grow: Our suggestions for plant/garden related gifts for the new homeowner, the first-time vegetable gardener, the houseplant lover, and the forager. 18:19   Insider Information:  Seed orders now? 20:13   Love Letters and Questions: Morgan asks for other plant-based listening suggestions.

Dec 2

24 min 37 sec

From roots to leaves to flowers! C.L. and Ellen talk about the difference between yams and sweet potatoes, explain what a root nodule is, and discuss leaf-spot fungus, especially on house plants. The episode ends with a listener question about flowers for a Florida garden.   :30  What’s for dinner:    Yams Vs Sweet Potatoes 2:52    Insider Information:  What are root nodules 4:31    Eat/Drink/Grow: Fungal Leaf Diseases     18:04   Love Letters and Questions:  Chris asks about flowers for a Florida garden.   

Nov 25

25 min 9 sec

It’s all houseplants all the time in this episode of Plantrama. Ellen and C.L. give advice about cleaning the leaves of indoor plants, talk about the many Calatheas that grow well with less light, and answer a question abot the tropical known as “money plant.” :36   Plant Noob: Ways to clean off houseplants in the winter 6:52  Eat/Drink/Grow: Calatheas – low-light house plants. 22:07  Love Letters and Questions Nicki asks:  “How do I grow Pachira aquatica, aka money plant?

Nov 18

24 min 28 sec

 The Plantrama team discusses the advice to hang herbs upside down for drying, and whether you should prune evergreens now. We end with a letter from a listener about doing battle with the birds.   :31   True or False:    Hanging herbs upside down to dry them helps the flavors (or in the case of Cannabis, the cannabinoids) drain into the leaves/buds. 2:27   Eat/Drink/Grow:   Pruning evergreens now. 18:52   Love Letters and Questions: Alexander and the battle with the birds.

Nov 11

23 min 37 sec

Ellen and C.L. talk about cranberry recipes that go beyond the traditional “cranberry sauce.” They discuss potting “soils” and their composition, and give a listener advice about a Dracaena fragrans (aka corn plant) that has gotten too tall.  :31   What’s For Dinner:  Cranberries 8:23   Eat/Drink/Grow:   Potting Mixes 24:26  Love Letters and Questions: From Bailey, a tale of the too tall dracaena

Nov 4

27 min 45 sec

C.L. and Ellen give you some different ideas for using apples this season, discuss planting bulbs with an auger on a drill, explain the term “old wood” and answer a listener’s question about tomatillo plants.   :30 What’s for dinner:  Apples or crabapples, anyone? 7:54 The Plant Noob: Using a hand drill and an auger to plant lots of bulbs. 14:19 Eat/Drink/Grow:  What is meant by the term “old wood.”  As in “these hydrangeas flower on old wood.”         21:49 Love Letters and Questions:   Paula wrote: “I planted a Tomatillo plant for the first time in my vegetable garden and got no fruit.

Oct 28

24 min 23 sec

The Plantrama team discusses the importance of soil temperature when planting bulbs for spring bloom. In the main segment we talk about handling the amaryllis bulbs you have kept from last winter, and how to bring them into flower in December. We end with a question about how frequently houseplants should be fertilized. :29    Insider Information:  Bulbs have their own “anti-freeze!” 7:16   Eat/Drink/Grow: Amaryllis in the fall 16:22  Love Letters and Questions: Peter asks about fertilizing houseplants.       

Oct 21

23 min 58 sec

Ellen and C.L. discuss what root stimulator products are and if they are necessary when you plant. They also address why houseplants might drop leaves when you bring them back inside for the winter, and how to fit even more plants in your house. :32 True or False:  You should use a “root stimulator” that is high in phosphorous 9:14 Eat/Drink/Grow:  Why houseplants and tropicals drop leaves when you bring them in for the winter. 19:43 Love Letters and Questions:  Kim asks how to fit more plants in her apartment.

Oct 14

24 min 19 sec

In this episode we are making purées for use later in the winter, and considering when you might need to water in the fall. Ellen and C.L. discuss managing those pesky fungus gnats (tiny black flies) that can emerge from your houseplants, and we answer a question about using red pepper to deter rabbits, deer and other critters. :29   What’s For Dinner:  Fall purées 6:53  Eat/Drink/Grow: Fall watering. 14:48 Insider Information:  Fungus gnats – again.  21:18 Love Letters and Questions:   Anne asks about using hot pepper flakes for animal repellants.

Oct 7

25 min 20 sec

Hear about nuts for dinner, houseplants that will make you smile, and late-to-migrate hummingbirds. We also answer Kim’s question about perennial garden cleanup in the fall. :30     What’s For Dinner  Nuts! 11:17    Eat/Drink/Grow:  House Plants that will make you happy all winter 20:30   Insider Information: Supporting late-to-migrate hummingbirds. 23:18   Kim writes: Do I need to clear out a perennial garden? Does a garden really need to be “put to bed?”

Sep 30

26 min 52 sec

Hear about nuts for dinner, houseplants that will make you smile, and late-to-migrate hummingbirds. We also answer Kim’s question about perennial garden cleanup in the fall. :30     What’s For Dinner  Nuts! 11:17    Eat/Drink/Grow:  House Plants that will make you happy all winter 20:30   Insider Information: Supporting late-to-migrate hummingbirds. 23:18   Kim writes: Do I need to clear out a perennial garden? Does a garden really need to be “put to bed?”

Sep 30

26 min 52 sec

Ellen and C.L. talk about root crops – potatoes, and sunchokes – and what “open pollinated” means. We discuss the pros and cons of protecting plants for the winter, and answer a listener’s question about plants that draw flies. :36 What’s for dinner:   Root Crops: Potatoes and Sunchokes 5:55  Insider Information:  What does “open pollinated” mean? 10:34   Eat/Drink/Grow:  Should Your Plants be protected for the winter?     23:00  Love Letters and Questions: Chris emails: “First time writer, long time listener. I have a fly question.”

Sep 23

26 min 27 sec

In this episode Ellen and C.L. talk about how to decide which tender or tropical plants to save indoors through the winter, how to preserve your garden or foraging harvest, and whether weeds choose to grow where they blend in.   :32  Plant Noob:    Deciding which tropicals/annuals to try and save through the winter. 9:05   Eat/Drink/Grow:  Preserving The Harvest 19:45   Love Letters and Questions    Morgan smart, chameleon weeds?

Sep 16

25 min 58 sec

Is compost – homemade or purchased – a good substitute for fertilizer? What is that thick growth in a tree? Ellen and C.L. answer these questions and respond to a listener about uses for pressed flowers.   :26 True or False:   Compost is fertilizer.   3:50  Eat/Drink/Grow:  Witches’ Brooms 19:58 Love Letters and Questions: Kelly asks for ideas about what to do with pressed flowers. Check out the pressed flower art by Peggy Turner Zablotny

Sep 9

25 min 24 sec

The Plantrama Partners-in-Plants start by discussing how to eat the parts of plants we often toss out or put into the compost. Next, we talk about growing new plants from the seeds that you might see right now in your perennial garden. We end by answering a listener’s question about what might make a shrub or tree turn bright colors very early in autumn.   :36  What’s For Dinner:  Parts of plants we often ignore: Carrot stems, beet stems and queen Anne’s lace flowers. 11:12  Eat/Drink/Grow:  Growing perennials from the seeds you find in your garden 19:28  Love Letters and Questions:    Shelley writes:  What would cause a tree to turn colors and drop its leaves early in the fall? 

Sep 2

26 min 10 sec

In this end-of-August episode, C.L. and Ellen discuss how to tell why the leaves on your plant are turning yellow. They explain that noticing which leaves are yellowing, and where they are, can help explain why this is happening. Next the Plantrama team explains some botanic terms, and discusses what to forage for or plant in your vegetable garden right now. The episode ends with advice to Sandy about when to bring her houseplants back inside after they have spent the summer out of doors.     :38 Plant Noob: Yellow Leaves – how to know what causes this? 9:42 Insider Information: Angiosperm and Gymnosperm – what do these terms mean?   11:26 Eat/Drink/Grow: Fall Planting and Foraging      22:23 Love Letters and Questions: Sandy wonders “when does houseplant summer camp end?” The link to Ellen's rose hip soup recipe: https://backyardforager.com/rose-hip-soup-recipe-nyponsoppa/

Aug 26

27 min 14 sec

The Plantrama team talks about ideas for pasta salad and reipes using pineapple weed. We get you thinking about transplanting in the fall, discuss how to manage plants that self-seed just a bit too enthusiastically, and answer a listener’s question about scale. :30 What’s for dinner:    Pasta Salad and Pineapple Weed 5:14 Eat/Drink/Grow:  Preparing for Fall Transplanting 15:10 Insider Information:   Preventing plants from self-seeding too much. 21:09 Love Letters and Questions    Shannon asks about scale.

Aug 19

27 min 10 sec

The Plantrama duo discuss caffeine as an insecticide, and talk about corn, which is a grass and a great deal more. The episode ends with a discussion of picking green apples. :36    True or False:      Caffeine is a natural insecticide. 7:42    Eat/Drink/Grow:  Corn: it’s a vegetable! It’s a biofuel! It’s livestock food! It’s an autumn decoration! 18:49   Love Letters and Questions:  Mary wrote to ask about picking green apples.

Aug 12

24 min 13 sec

In this 200th episode of Plantrama, Ellen and C.L. celebrate with cake! Hear about Ellen’s berry pudding cake and C.L.’s beet cake. Next we talk about where to plant if you’re running out of room (remember topsy-turvy tomatoes?) and whether it’s okay to pack vegetables into a raised bed.   2:45 What’s For Dinner:  Unusual cakes 8:13 Eat/Drink/Grow:  What to do when you’re running out of room…. 16:38 Love Letters and Questions: Dense planting in raised beds. Here’s the link to my berry pudding cake recipe: https://backyardforager.com/black-raspberry-pudding-cake-recipe/

Aug 5

22 min 35 sec

In this episode Ellen and C.L. talk about the blueberry harvest, soil acidity or alkalinity, Hydrangea paniculata plants, spraying foliage with water in hot weather and a magical way to control weeds. (And no, there is not magic wand for weeds…let’s just get that cleared up before falsehoods start to be spread. :40  What’s for Dinner: Blueberries 7:00  The Plant Noob: All about soil pH 15:04  Eat/Drink/Grow:  Panicle hydrangeas 25:03   Insider Information: Should you water your plant’s leaves in hot weather 28:42   Love Letters & Questions: Is there a magic wand for weeds?

Jul 29

30 min 36 sec

The Plantrama team talk about your outdoor office; making places on decks, patios, porches or even in the woods where you can work and create. We take a deep dive into Daylilies, and answer a listener’s question about mosquitoes.   This episode is being brought to you by our friends at www.rainwand.com 1:30      Insider Information: Your Outdoor Office 5:57      Eat/Drink/Grow: A  Deep Dive into Daylilies 18:09   Love Letters and Questions: Mosquitoes Control

Jul 22

23 min 44 sec

C.L. and Ellen celebrate the summer season by talking about grilling, fertilizing, and carnivorous plants. We also discuss dealing with deer and growing edible plants in windy, urban situations such as rooftops and terraces. :38  What’s for Dinner ; Grilling: farmed and forager 6:00  Plant noob: Fertilizing 13:05   Eat/Drink/Grow: carnivorous plants 19:50   Insider Info: Battling Bambi 25:57   Love Letters & Questions: Chelsea asks about growing edibles on a windy NYC terrace.  

Jul 15

28 min 57 sec

We begin with summer cocktails in this best of Plantrama episode, then go on to talk about summer pruning, hail and dealing with storm damage. Ellen and C.L. are also united in their dislike of landscape fabric. 1:51  What’s for dinner:      Summer Cocktails 6:46   Insider Information:  Hail 9:36   Eat/Drink/Grow:  Summer Pruning 14:54   The Plant Noob:  Landscape Cloth 21:57   Love Letters & Questions:  Summer Storm Damage

Jul 8

23 min 52 sec

In this “best of Plantrama” episode Ellen and C.L. encourage you to roast your veggies and foraged foods, whether you’re serving them immediately or freezing them for the future. We badmouth the use of mothballs in the garden, talk about the role of bacteria and answer a question about gardening in clay soils. :42  What’s for dinner: Roasted vegetables and foraged edibles 5:28 True or False: Use mothballs to repel animals in the garden? 7:56: Eat/Drink/Grow: Bacteria…the good, the bad, and the ugly 15:10  Love Letters & Questions: Chelsea asks about gardening in clay.

Jul 1

20 min 4 sec

In this “best of Plantrama” episode Ellen and C.L. encourage you to roast your veggies and foraged foods, whether you’re serving them immediately or freezing them for the future. We badmouth the use of mothballs in the garden, talk about the role of bacteria and answer a question about gardening in clay soils. :42  What’s for dinner: Roasted vegetables and foraged edibles 5:28 True or False: Use mothballs to repel animals in the garden? 7:56: Eat/Drink/Grow: Bacteria…the good, the bad, and the ugly 15:10  Love Letters & Questions: Chelsea asks about gardening in clay.

Jun 30

20 min 4 sec

The Plantrama team presents farmed and foraged edibles for the end of June, and discusses how to tell if your plant-ID app has given you a correct identification. We celebrate The Year of the Monarda, and why beebalm has a place in most gardens. Plus Ellen and C.L. and talk about Japanese beetle control.   :37  What’s for dinner:  End of June foraged food and the first crop of broccoli. 6:35  Insider Information: Ways to check accuracy of plant-identification apps. 11:03 Eat/Drink/Grow: It’s the year of the Monarda! 20:50  Love Letters and Questions: Kim wrote about a problem with Japanese beetles.   Check out the Mt Cuba Monarda Trials: https://mtcubacenter.org/trials/monarda/ See the National Garden Bureau’s Year of the Monarda information: https://ngb.org/year-of-the-monarda/  

Jun 24

27 min 28 sec

C.L. and Ellen discuss how weed seeds have an amazing ability to rest dormant in the soil for years. We peel back the layers of Artichokes, review a book about growing a mini fruit garden, and discuss keeping citrus trees happy indoors.  :36        Plant Noob:   Weed seeds remain viable for decades…so 6:43      Eat/Drink/Grow:  Artichokes 17:49    Book Review: Grow Your Own Mini Fruit Garden: Planting and Tending Small Fruit Trees and Berries in Gardens and Containers 19:52    Love Letters and Questions: Rachel asked about growing citrus trees indoors. We reference this article from the New York Times.

Jun 17

24 min 4 sec

Ellen and C.L. discuss whether human urine helps with critter control in the garden and they talk about a favorite shrub, Sambucus, aka elderberry. The episode finishes with a discussion of changing the pH for a potted hydrangea so that the flower turns from pink to blue. :40   True or False:  Urinating around the garden can keep deer or rabbits away. 5:20 Eat/Drink/Grow: Everything Elderberry, or the Sensational Sambucus      17:18   Love Letters and Questions:  Charlotte writes from Germany about her potted hydrangea.

Jun 10

25 min 24 sec

In this episode of Plantrama Ellen and C.L. answer a listener’s question about growing male Cannabis plants. They explain why it’s good to pinch many newly planted annuals, what nitrogen-fixing plants are, and celebrate an early summer cocktail hour. :27 What’s For Dinner:  It’s the cocktail hour in June!  3:58 Eat/Drink/Grow:   Nitrogen-fixing plants. 16:39 Insider Information:   Pinching annuals. 21:15 Love Letters and Questions:  Is there value in a male Cannabis plant?   Photo below is Ellen's Butterfly Kiss cocktail.

Jun 3

24 min 3 sec

In this episode Ellen and C.L. discuss plants to grow or forage for with the barbeque in mind. They explain that not all microorganisms are good for all plants, give suggestions for great annuals, and talk about cutworm protection.  :40 What’s for dinner: Gearing up for the BBQ season. 7:30 Insider Information:  Mycorrhizae and beneficial bacteria 12:04 Eat/Drink/Grow:  Great annuals to grow this summer. 23.43 Love Letters and Questions: Paper cups around veggie stems?

May 27

26 min 52 sec

Do you need shade for your outdoor office? Want a low-maintenance, colorful landscape? Do you hand-water your vegetable plants or want to make your hydrangea flowers blue? This episode addresses all of these issues! :29  Your Outdoor Office:   Ways to make shade 7:10 Eat/Drink/Grow: Dwarf Conifers 20:19 Insider Information:  Hand-watering your vegetable 25:03 Love Letters and Questions: Coffee ground for blue hydrangeas

May 20

27 min 38 sec

C.L. and Ellen discuss the internet-based rumor that you should dig a square hole when planting trees, and give suggestions for plants to grow on small trellises and arbors. We finish with a discussion about how to know if a perennial plant will reliably return, or if it’s a “temperennial.” :40  True or False: Plant trees in square holes 7:41 Eat/Drink/Grow:  Plants for small arbors and trellises 20:51  Love Letters and Questions:   Rick writes to ask how you can tell if a perennial plant will live for many years or not.  

May 13

25 min 26 sec

The Plantrama team discusses growing and foraging for asparagus, reviews a lovely book about public gardens you ought to see, and answers a listener’s question about the weed called nightshade. They also disagree about topiary…C.L. loves them, Ellen? Not so much.  :32 What’s For Dinner:  Asparagus ~ wild and garden grown 9:48 Eat/Drink/Grow:    Topiary 22:01 Book Review:     George Weigel’s 50 American Public Gardens You Really Ought to See  24:28 Love Letters and Questions:   Is nightshade a bad neighbor?

May 6

26 min 42 sec

C.L. and Ellen tackle the myth that earthworms can grow once cut in half. They extol a favorite vine, the Passiflora, celebrate World Carnivorous Plant Day with margaritas, and discuss water-filled plant protectors.   :27 True or False?    Earthworms regrow.      3:53  Eat/Drink/Grow:  Passion flower vines 14:05   Insider Information:  World Carnivorous Plant Day is May 5th 17:35    Love Letters and Questions:  Reginia asks if we can comment on water-filled tomato protection.

Apr 29

24 min 14 sec

Spring plants are first and foremost in this episode as we talk about cress, foraged and farmed, the Year of the Hyacinth, and two spring flowers, Ranunculus and Bellis perennis. Ellen and C.L. tell Paul why old carpet might not make the best mulch.  :40       What’s for dinner:  Cress wild and tame.   10:13    Insider Information:   The National Gardening Bureau says it’s the year of the Hyacinth.   14:02    Eat/Drink/Grow:   About 2 Spring Plants 23:07    Love Letters and Questions:   Paul asks, “Does old carpet make good mulch in a vegetable garden?”

Apr 22

27 min 23 sec

In this episode we talk about the white perlite in potting mixes, spend the main segment talking about edible flowers, and answer a question about why a listener’s zucchini plants aren’t producing well.  :30 Plant Noob: What are the white specks in my pots? 3:41 Eat/Drink/Grow: Growing Edible Flowers 17:43 Love Letters and Questions What’s with the lack of zucchini?

Apr 15

24 min 47 sec

Ellen and C.L. talk about whether fertilizing is always a good thing, and they take a deep dive into the genus Rhododendron, which includes what we commonly call azaleas. Then they answer Candace’s question about whether her spouse’s pruning of the blue hydrangeas is grounds for divorce.  :33 True or False: Fertilizing never hurts…right? 7:57 Eat/Drink/Grow: Rhododendrons and Azaleas 24:21 Love Letters and Questions: Pruning blue hydrangeas, and can this marriage be saved?

Apr 8

27 min 16 sec

Today we discuss garden-grown and foraged food with earthy flavors, and do a deep dive into the importance of soil temperatures for planting, soil activity, seed germination and growth rates. We end with a discussion about what you can expect from houseplants in the winter, and how to decide which plants are appropriate for an area that’s sunny in the winter and shaded in the summer.   :30 What’s For Dinner:  Earthy flavors. 6:59 Eat/Drink/Grow: The Importance of Soil Temperatures. 18:18  Insider Information:   Should your houseplants be growing in the winter? 20:39 Love Letters and Questions: Planting for appropriate outdoor light

Apr 1

23 min 18 sec

If you think that pesto has to be made of basil, think again! Ellen and C.L. talk about spring pestos, how quickly plants start to photosynthesize, and discuss the pros and cons of various types of mulch. We end with a question about the best fennel to grow if you want the seeds. :34   What’s for dinner: Spring Pestos! Make pesto before the basil has even germinated.  4:58   Insider Information: How quickly does photosynthesis start? 8:48  Eat/Drink/Grow: Much about Mulch   24:15    Love Letters and Questions: Cassy asks about growing fennel for seeds, not greens or bulbs.

Mar 25

27 min 22 sec

In this episode we define some terms that plant geeks toss around, and give you a recipe for figuring out what’s wrong with your houseplants. If you’ve ever wondered why fertilizer is called “plant food” or how lichen can grow on a rock or your roof, this is your podcast! :28   Plant Noob:  Semi-Evergreen? Sub-shrub? 3:39  Eat/Drink/Grow:  Diagnosing problems on houseplants. 17:45 Focus on Fertilizer:  Why fertilizer shouldn’t be thought of as plant food. 19:24 Love Letters and Questions  Nina asked “How the heck does lichen grow/stay alive on stones and dead branches?”   

Mar 18

22 min 10 sec

C.L. and Ellen rave about green flowers, explain the difference between aggressive and invasive plants, and discuss the common belief that sunflowers poison other plants. Plus we answer Meredith’s question about why cut flowers don’t grow roots.  :40 True or False: Sunflowers poison other plants    5:19  Eat/Drink/Grow: Green Flowers! 14:51 The Plant Noob: The difference between aggressive and invasive plants. 19:31  Love Letters and Questions:  Meredith  asks “What makes some plants easy to propagate, and others not-so-easy?”

Mar 11

24 min 29 sec

Did you know that a spring tonic doesn’t have to be a drink? Hear Ellen and C.L. talk about tonics, what to do if you’ve started your seeds too early, the definition of direct sowing and vegetables for hot climates. :30 What’s For Dinner:  What’s your spring tonic? 4:57 Eat/Drink/Grow:    Starting seeds too early.  15:31 Insider Information:  What does it mean to direct sow? 19:50 Love Letters and Questions: Erik writes about growing vegetables in Texas.

Mar 4

24 min 6 sec

In this episode you’ll hear about ways to prepare the chard, kale or other greens you froze last summer. Learn why water beads up on some leaves, all about Cannas, and if hydrogen peroxide is a good thing to use on plant problems. :30  What’s for dinner: Greens from the freezer 4:22 Insider Information: What are “Hydrophobic leaves?” 8:55 Eat/Drink/Grow:  Cannas        17:42 Love Letters and Questions:  Samantha asked about using hydrogen peroxide in the garden

Feb 25

21 min 37 sec

Ellen and C.L. explain what a “standard form” plant is and why you might want to plant the perennial yarrow in your landscape. Hear a rave review of Jessica Walliser’s new book about science-based companion planting, and learn about vole trails. :30  Plant Noob: What’s a “standard?”  4:13 Eat/Drink/Grow:  Achillea, aka yarrow 14:16 Product Review:  Plant Partners book review 19:45 Love Letters and Questions:  Tedi wonders about the trails she sees in her garden after a snow melt.

Feb 18

24 min 8 sec

If you’re wondering about sterilizing soil for seed starting, growing peppers in your vegetable garden, or the best water for your houseplants, this episode is for you.  :30  True or False:  You should bake garden soil in the oven, then use it to start your seeds indoors. 5:35  Eat/Drink/Grow: Growing Peppers 19:53   Love Letters and Questions:  Kari wrote to ask about chlorine in water for houseplants.

Feb 11

24 min 43 sec

:30    What’s For Dinner: Fennel 7:04    Eat/Drink/Grow: Epiphytes – what they are, some common houseplants that are epiphytic, and what this means for how we care for those plants. 15:03   Insider Information: What are pelleted seeds? 19:44  Love Letters and Questions:    Melissa writes about paperwhite narcissus. Ellen and C.L talk about growing fennel, what an epiphytic plant is, and why you may want to try some pellitized seeds. We answer Melissa’s question about why some paperwhite narcissus are more fragrant than others. Link to Brent and Becky’s Bulbs:   https://www.brentandbeckysbulbs.com/Narcissus/Ziva/Narcissus 

Feb 4

22 min 56 sec

In this episode of Plantrama we talk about essential herbs to grow or forage for, pinching plants to make them bushy, African violets and a Zoom houseplant event in February. :28  What’s for dinner: Essential herbs to grow or forage for. 7:40     Insider Information: “Pinching” tips off of plants to make them bushier.   12:33   Eat/Drink/Grow:  African violets – Saintpaulia 21:02   Connections:  Zoom with us the Plantrama Team!

Jan 28

23 min 48 sec

Ellen and C.L. discuss plants that male or female, how some plants are used to remove harmful substances from the soil, and why it might be good to test old seed instead of automatically tossing it out. :27   Plant Noob: Dioecious plants 8:33      Eat/Drink/Grow: Phytoremediation 16:48    Love Letters and Questions:  Karen wrote to ask about the seeds she has left from past years.

Jan 21

26 min 34 sec

The Plantrama team discusses the clearly fake rainbow tomatoes, growing the wonderfully real jade plants indoors, and Ellen’s new craft cocktail class.  :30 True or False: Rainbow Tomato Seeds 3:17 Eat/Drink/Grow: Jade plants: Crassula  13:29 Insider Information:  Ellen’s online craft cocktail course 17:30 Love Letters and Questions: Anthony writes asking why lichen seems to shrink and grow.

Jan 14

21 min 38 sec

Hear ideas for making quiche or frittatas, learn about earthworm castings and why it’s good for plants, and discover a cactus that grows in most of North America. :36   What’s For Dinner: Quiche or Frittata 5:55    Eat/Drink/Grow:  Earthworm Castings. 15:52   Insider Information: Opuntia humifusa, prickly pear cactus 21:56   Love Letters and Questions:    Anne writes about blue flowers.

Jan 7

25 min 38 sec