Plantrama - plants, landscapes, & bringing nature indoors

66 EpisodesProduced by Ellen Zachos and C.L. Fornari

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

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Shagbark Hickory, Starting Flowers From Seed, and Organic Fertilizers

January 17th, 2019

24:01

This program explains why you might want to plant a hickory tree, and which flowers can be started indoors this spring. C.L. and Ellen also discuss …

Fragrant Plants Indoors, Eating Spruce Tips, and Plantrama Seattle

January 10th, 2019

18:29

In this episode Ellen and C.L. talk about eating the tips off of spruce trees, what people mean when they say they are “forcing plants,” and which houseplants can bring fragrance into your home this winter.

 

:32 What’s …

Rainbow Roses, Dish Garden Care, and Jerusalem Artichokes

January 3rd, 2019

20:07

In Episode 64 C.L. and Ellen discuss the “rainbow rose scam,” how to handle the plants in a dish garden, growing and eating Jerusalem artichokes, and smaller sunflowers for the garden.

:28 True or False? You Can Grow …

Wintergreen, Bromeliads and GMO Seeds

December 27th, 2018

21:44

On this winter episode Ellen and C.L. consider a North American native plant that has been a favorite flavoring for gum, tea and toothpaste. We …

Nematodes, Avocados and Berms

December 20th, 2018

21:35

In this December episode Ellen and C.L. talk about nematodes (harmful and beneficial), and the amazing sex life of the avocado flower. C.L. gives her …

Juniper Berries, Banana Plants and Perennials From Seed

December 13th, 2018

24:54

In this episode Ellen and C.L. talk about the misinformation about edible juniper berries that you find online. We talk about growing banana plants, and why you might want to start perennials from seed. Lauren asks …

Lucky Bamboo, Bracts and Pruning Evergreens

December 6th, 2018

20:06

Ellen and C.L. talk about lucky bamboo; what type of plant it is and how to care them. We explain what bracts are and why some plants have very showy ones, talk about making more plants by air layering, and answer Sal’s …

Getting a Peace Lily to Bloom, Human Hair in the Garden, and Biennials

November 29th, 2018

23:10

Hear Ellen and C.L. talk about the practice of putting human hair in the garden will keep critters away. Next we explain how to get a peace lily to flower again, and the difference been a plant that’s an epiphyte and …

Grow Lights, Holiday Boxwood Trees, and Our Thanksgiving Table

November 22nd, 2018

23:41

Acorn baklava and creamed chard start off this episode. Hear how holiday boxwood trees are made, and learn about providing your indoor plants with …

A Hot Houseplant, Worm Castings and Shepard’s Purse

November 15th, 2018

24:09

In this episode of Plantrama Ellen and C.L. talk about a very common (and edible) weed known as shepherd’s purse. They discuss how to successfully …

Tropical Hibiscus, Plant Gifts, and Cooking Dandelion Greens

November 8th, 2018

21:30

On Plantrama today Ellen talks about cooking dandelion greens and then she and C.L. differ about bringing someone a plant as a gift. They agree about growing and how to over-winter tropical hibiscus, and explain how to …

Blue Hydrangeas, Cattails and Birdseed Shells

November 1st, 2018

23:28

In this episode we talk about the common belief that the shells of sunflower seeds “poison plants.” We also discuss why some people can grow blue mop head hydrangeas but others have a hard time getting them to flower. …

Walnuts, Banana Peels and Storing Seeds You Didn’t Plant

October 25th, 2018

22:14

Ellen and C.L. begin by talking about walnuts, foraged and cultivated. Discover if banana peels are good for your roses and if you need to spray your …

Plant Sex, Seeds for Birds and a Leaf-Stack Review

October 18th, 2018

21:59

Ellen and C.L. discuss why you might not want to do a “fall cleanup” of your perennials. Next, we discuss S-E-X among the photosynthesizing crowd. Male and female plants, what that means for your landscape, and what …

Carrots, Repotting Houseplants, and Halloween Pumpkin Seeds

October 11th, 2018

23:16

 Today we’re talking about carrots, wild and domestic. We explain that before a plant has fruit it comes into flower, and discuss the how, why, how often and when of repotting houseplants. This episode finishes with …

Staking Trees, Pinching Plants and Harvest Parties

October 4th, 2018

21:35

In this episode Ellen and C.L. discuss staking trees and pinching plants. They give ideas for holding a harvest party, tell about the first plant …

Leeks, Fall Mums, and Why Plants in Pots Stay Smaller

September 27th, 2018

17:01

In Episode 50 Ellen and C.L. talk about growing leeks, the fall classic Chrysanthemum, and how Robbie found lumpy tubers in the windowbox. Plus we discuss why plants that are in pots won’t grow as large as the same …

Weird Plant Growth, Growing Garlic, and Orchid Rebloom

September 20th, 2018

18:23

In episode 49 Ellen and C.L. discuss how to get an orchid to rebloom, how to plant garlic this fall, and why you occasionally see a stem go crazy and grow in a flat, contorted manner. All this and a review of the Dramm …

Apples, Amaryllis, and The Truth About Acorns

September 13th, 2018

16:27

In this episode we’re talking about apple recipes and getting your amaryllis to bloom again this year. We discuss whether a large crop of acorns …

Planting Bulbs, Ten-Minute Improvements, and The Leaf-Stack Challenge

September 6th, 2018

17:03

 

:55 Just For Fun:  It’s the leaf stack challenge! Or we should say, #leafstackchallenge

4:00 Eat/Drink/Grow:  Quick fixes to your landscape. …

End of Summer Flavors, Taking Cuttings, and Fall Transplantation

August 30th, 2018

32:47

In this episode Ellen explains what to make with under-ripe wild grapes and C.L. persuades listeners to combine some creamy brie cheese with those homegrown tomatoes. Next we explain that the end of the summer is the …

Savory Tarts, Lawn Substitutes and Hedges

August 16th, 2018

35:14

:30 What’s For Dinner: Savory Tarts Pick your favorite vegetables or herbs, add some eggs and cheese, and make savory tarts for appetizers, lunch or dinner.

 5:04 Plant noob: Lawn Substitutes. Tired of mowing? Is there …

Blueberries, Hydrangeas, and a Magic Wand For Weeds

August 3rd, 2018

30:30

:40 What’s for dinner: Blueberries

6:54 Insider Information: Soil pH. In other words, how acid or alkaline your ground is, and why you should care.

Fertilizing, Carnivorous Plants, and Dealing With Deer

July 19th, 2018

28:50

:30 What’s for dinner: Throw it on the Barbie! Grilling, farmed and foraged.

5:52 Plant noob: How often do I have to fertilize annuals, perennials and containers?

12:58 Eat/Drink/Grow:     “Feed Me!” Carnivorous plants… …

The Golden Gnome Awards 2018

July 5th, 2018

26:38

1:20 What’s For Dinner: Best Edibles

Ellen and I award a Golden Gnome to edible plants with surprising flavors. 3:56 Insider Information: Best desk …

Continual Harvest, Houseplants to Summer Camp, and Rosa Rugosa

June 21st, 2018

30:52

In late June it’s time to talk about repeat sowings of salad greens, foraging for lamb’s quarters, sending houseplants to summer camp, and all about Rosa rugosa. Ellen and C.L. end the episode with advice about how to …

Drying the Harvest, Perennial Garden Maintenance and Understudy Plants

June 7th, 2018

31:58

:35 What’s For Dinner? How you can preserve the plants you forage for or grow by dehydrating.

6:07 Insider Information: Herbs: The Delightful Dozen – …

Asparagus, Marigolds for Insect Control, and Mixed Containers

May 24th, 2018

30:21

:33 What’s For Dinner? Asparagus! What types to buy and how to grow this spring treat.

 7:42 True or False? Marigolds We’ve all heard about it: …

Questions From NWFGS Seattle

May 10th, 2018

30:12

:40  What’s for dinner: Questions about wild-crafted cocktails and raised bed vegetables. 

4:40  Plant noob: Can you have too much compost?

7:31  Eat/Drink/Grow:   We answer questions about deer, smart pots, dahlias, …

Edible Flowers, April Showers, and Skunk Cabbage

April 26th, 2018

30:08

:32 What’s For Dinner? Edible Flowers   Whether you plant them or pick them in the wild, there are many spring flowers that will make your dinner table tastier and more attractive.

6:58 Insider Information: Skunk …

036 Plantrama Live In Seattle NWFGS

April 12th, 2018

40:01

Including the typical segments you’ll hear in every episode of the Plantrama podcast

:15 Introduction by Janet Endsley, NWFGS Program Director

2:14 Ellen and C.L. introduce each other. (One of us is a cat person, and …

035 Rhubarb, Curb Appeal and The Invasion of the Garden Gnomes

March 29th, 2018

29:20

:40 What’s for dinner: Rhubarb & Knotweed   Fresh stems and shoots are on the menu today – from cultivated rhubarb to the wild Japanese knotweed (

034 - Edible Landscaping, Houseplants From Supermarket Pits, and Primroses

March 15th, 2018

31:03

:35 What’s For Dinner: Edible Landscaping

We discuss some of the plants that do double duty in the landscape: these are attractive and edible! The plants mentioned are: Roses, crabapple trees, plum trees, blueberries (

033 - Cymbidiums, Shamrocks, Spring Edibles, Cold Frames

March 1st, 2018

30:20

30 What’s for dinner: Mustards, Cresses, and Peas Spring greens and Peas

What to forage for in early spring, and should you really plant peas on …

032 - Jellies, Lemon Cypress, and Scale

February 15th, 2018

31:40

031 - Micro-greens, Pruning and Birds in the Landscape

February 1st, 2018

30:09

:35 – 6:10 What’s For Dinner: Microgreens – you can grow these tasty, nutritious greens yourself, indoors, even in the winter time.      

6:12 – 12:00 Insider Information: Spider mites – at this time of year you might …

030 - Seeds, Snake Plant and Plantrama in Seattle

January 18th, 2018

29:25

0:34 What’s for dinner: Advance planning? Ordering veggie seeds for growing this spring and winter foraging.

6:37 Plant noob: Why you should know …

029 - Amaryllis, Breathing Room, and the Art, Science and Dinner of Orchids

January 4th, 2018

31:26

0:37 – 4:33 What’s for dinner: Foraged Pesto and Winter Squash Soup

4:37 – 10:56 Insider Information:   “Breathing Room”

11:03 – 25:15 Eat/Drink/Grow:    The Art, Science and Dinner of Orchids

25:25 – 30:33 Did You …

028 - Paperwhite Narcissus, Cyclamen and The Franklinia Tree

December 21st, 2017

27:49

0:30 – 5:37 What’s for Dinner: Calamondin Citrus

 

5:43 – 11:51 Did You Know: Paperwhite Narcissus

 

12:02 - 20:08 Eat/Drink/Grow: Cyclamen

 

20:14 – 24:53 Insider Information: The Franklinia Story

 

24:56 – 27:28 Love …

027 - Winter Cocktails, Poinsettias, Preventing Mouse Damage and A Solstice Celebration

December 7th, 2017

30:27

What’s For Dinner :40 Winter cocktails are on the menu in this episode. Ellen gives a recipe for a foraged Carob Horchata and C.L. talks about using the rosemary plant your brought indoors to create a Rosemary Gin Gin. …

026 - Winter (or Thanksgiving) Meals, Christmas Cactus and Holiday Gifts

November 23rd, 2017

32:04

 00: What’s For Dinner - we discuss what is on a forager’s Thanksgiving table, and what is on a vegetable gardener’s spread. Find links to the recipes here:

8:59: The Plant Noob - Today’s topic is common cooking sage, …

025 - Crabapples, Winter Protection and Fungus Gnats

November 9th, 2017

30:17
 :50 Did You Know...about the pros and cons of Winter Protection? Think you should wrap your evergreen shrubs in burlap for the winter? Ellen …

024 - Foraged Walnuts, Winter Protective Mulch, and Secrets From the Pumpkin Patch

October 26th, 2017

29:51

Have you ever wondered if you could eat black walnuts? Or maybe you're undecided about using a winter protective mulch on your perennial garden...do …

023 - Insider Information on Garden Tourism, New Plants and Garden Products, and What on Earth is GWA? - Plantrama - plants, landscapes, & bringing nature indoors

October 12th, 2017

33:33

We're pleased to take you into the world of garden communicators and garden tourism in this episode. Fresh out of the GWA annual meeting and trade show, Ellen and C.L. share what they've learned about new plants and …

022 - Winter Squash, Fall Cleanup and Saving Summer Annuals - Plantrama - plants, landscapes, & bringing nature indoors

September 28th, 2017

35:33

In this episode we talk about how to tell if winter squash is ripe and how to preserve it. We discuss saving annuals from year to year, and give the pros and cons of fall yard cleanups. Ellen and C.L. also invite you to …

021 - Barbecued Greens, Firepits, Preserving the Harvest & Our Secret Six Tools - Plantrama - plants, landscapes, & bringing nature indoors

September 14th, 2017

37:10

I'm hoping that you'll try the barbecued chard recipe we talk about in this episode - even non-vegetable eaters and kids often love this dish! We also give you several ways to preserve the bounty from your garden. …

020 - Pesto, Stinkhorn Fungus & Watering Containers - Plantrama - plants, landscapes, & bringing nature indoors

August 31st, 2017

33:56

Ellen and C.L. give you ideas for making the most delicious, fresh pesto on earth...and then move on from great taste to horrible smells! Yes, after talking about garden-grown pesto we discuss stinkhorn fungi...a creepy …

019 - Garden Hors D’oeuvres, Natural Office Surroundings, and Outdoor Entertaining - Plantrama - plants, landscapes, & bringing nature indoors

August 17th, 2017

27:20

In late-August it's time to relax and celebrate the end of the summer season. Ellen and C.L. start this party off with suggestions for snacks and garden hors d’oeuvres. The second segment offers ways that you benefit …

018 - Growing Garnishes, Deadheading and Irrigation - Plantrama - plants, landscapes, & bringing nature indoors

August 3rd, 2017

35:17

In this episode C.L. and Ellen celebrate plants in summer. They begin by suggesting ways you can add color, flavor and fragrance to your beverages …

017 - Tomato Troubles, Attracting or Repelling Insects, and Getting Started with Foraging - Plantrama - plants, landscapes, & bringing nature indoors

July 20th, 2017

28:12

Is there a way to repel insects from your outdoor office? Ellen has a short answer for this question...and we discuss the down-and-dirty truth. We also sing the praises of sending houseplants to summer camp and help you …

016 - Zucchini, Plant ID and Tips for Growing Berries - Plantrama - plants, landscapes, & bringing nature indoors

July 6th, 2017

35:58

What's for dinner? In this episode Ellen and C.L. begin by discussing summer squash, aka zucchini. We mention the use of organic fungicides for …

015 - Your Outdoor Office, Peaches, and Arugula VS Garlic Mustard - Plantrama - plants, landscapes, & bringing nature indoors

June 23rd, 2017

29:47

Ellen and C.L. both love arugula, and C.L. talks about how easy it is to grow from seed. But Ellen prefers to forage for her greens, so in this …

014 - Herbs on the Deck, Hardiness Zones and Tips for the Planting Season - Plantrama - plants, landscapes, & bringing nature indoors

June 5th, 2017

43:48

Ellen and C.L. start celebrating the planting season by talking about herbs in containers. Next they answer the question, "What the heck are hardiness zones?" In the main part of the podcast the topic is planting. Does …

013 - Pronouncing Plant Names and Growing Herbs Indoors - Plantrama - plants, landscapes, & bringing nature indoors

May 4th, 2017

29:11

In this episode we disagree about how to pronounce "Plantrama" which leads to a discussion about the pronunciation of plant names. We also talk about …

012 - Nicotiana, Spreading Problems, and Giveaway Bouquets - Plantrama - plants, landscapes, & bringing nature indoors

May 4th, 2017

35:06

In this episode we talk about two lovely self-seeding annuals, being worried that a plant problem will spread, and growing random acts of kindness.

011 - Seeds, Weeds and What’s For Dinner - Plantrama - plants, landscapes, & bringing nature indoors

May 4th, 2017

29:28

In this episode C.L. gives a tip for growing strong seedlings under lights, we talk about dealing with weeds in the yard (spoiler alert: Ellen wants you to eat them!) and we share some of our favorite "What's for …

010 - Fragrant Plants, Drainage and All About Heirlooms - Plantrama - plants, landscapes, & bringing nature indoors

May 4th, 2017

27:44

In this episode we talk about two of our favorite plants for fragrance, rant a bit about the practice of putting rocks and shards in the bottom of pots, and discuss the pros and cons of heirloom plants.

009 - Edibles, Aphids and Plants for Privacy - Plantrama - plants, landscapes, & bringing nature indoors

May 4th, 2017

32:50

What's for dinner? In the fall, the answer might be mushrooms and eggplant. We begin by talking about growing and cooking eggplants and foraging for mushrooms. Next we talk about aphids on plants and then move on to …

008 - Saving Succulents, Moss and What’s For Dinner? - Plantrama - plants, landscapes, & bringing nature indoors

May 1st, 2017

34:40

Did you grow succulents in your window boxes or strawberry jar this year because they are drought tolerant and just look so cool? If so, you might be …

007 - Bulbs, Evergreens and Overwintering Pots - Plantrama - plants, landscapes, & bringing nature indoors

April 30th, 2017

38:46

Fall is the time for planting bulbs, but how deep should you plant them? And how can you prevent the squirrels (aka, those bastards!) from digging …

006 - Dish Gardens, Seed Viability and Insects - Plantrama - plants, landscapes, & bringing nature indoors

April 30th, 2017

33:16

The combination of plants commonly sold as dish gardens or gift baskets usually need the plants to be separated and repotted after a month or so. …

005 - Leaves, Epsom Salt and Dandelions - Plantrama - plants, landscapes, & bringing nature indoors

April 28th, 2017

29:19

Sometimes the preconceptions that we come to the landscape with don't do us any favors. For instance, did you know that the leaves that come down from the trees in the fall are GOLD for your garden? Have you considered …

004 - Dinner, Diversity & Dahlias - Plantrama - plants, landscapes, & bringing nature indoors

April 28th, 2017

35:23

Like you, Ellen and C.L. love good food. So part of today's program is about what's for dinner. We also look at why diversity in a landscape is important, and put a special focus on one of the most treasured flowers for …

003 - Wow Factor Plants, Rain Gauges and Acorns - Plantrama - plants, landscapes, & bringing nature indoors

April 28th, 2017

34:01

Looking for a plant that will impress everyone who comes to your yard or garden? Do you wonder why your plants have dried up even though it seemed like last week was so rainy? Perhaps you've heard that many acorns …

002 - Lemon Verbena, Fertilizer & How to Drink Your Plants - Plantrama - plants, landscapes, & bringing nature indoors

April 28th, 2017

34:01

Take a deep breath because today we're talking about one of our favorite herbs, lemon verbena. We'll also discuss fertilizers and making beverages from your garden.

001 - Troughs, Making it Bloom and Fire Pit Plantings - Plantrama - plants, landscapes, & bringing nature indoors

April 28th, 2017

34:01

In this episode we talk about planting in livestock troughs, how the hours of daylight are important for bringing plants into bloom, and what plants to use around your firepit. Plus story time and an answered email.

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