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Plantrama - plants, landscapes, & bringing nature indoors

130 EpisodesProduced by Ellen Zachos and C.L. FornariWebsite

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 al… read more

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Lettuce Wraps, Coriander and Replacing Ugly Junipers

April 2nd, 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” …

Chopped Salad, Leaf Spot Fungus, and Attracting Hummingbirds

March 26th, 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. …

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

March 19th, 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 …

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

March 12th, 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 …

Spring Tonic Salads, Lemon Balm Herb, and Coconut Coir

March 5th, 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 …

Plantrama Reviews, Discovering New Plants, and Succulents for Boxes

February 27th, 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 …

Cannas, Easy Perennials From Seed, and Wild Wintergreen

February 20th, 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 …

Windowboxes, Easy Vegetables from Seed, and Bad Garden Advice

February 13th, 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 …

Fritters, Easy Annuals From Seed and a Career Building Vacation

February 6th, 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 …

Lasagna Without Pasta, Seed Starting Terms, and Flapjack Plant

January 30th, 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 …

Bitters, Terrariums, and Heat For Seed Germination

January 23rd, 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 …

Roses, Mealy Bug, and Sensitive Plants

January 16th, 2020


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 …

Monstera Plants and Growing Your Own Wedding

January 9th, 2020


Do you want to know what it takes to successfully grow a Monstera? Ellen and C.L. explain the first three things you need to know about this stylish …

Nachos, Clivia, Dormancy, and Frosty Fern

January 2nd, 2020


         In this episode of Plantrama we talk about vegan Nachos, growing a Clivia plant, why some plants go dormant, and how to keep a frosty fern alive.

:31 What’s For Dinner:   Nachos!  C.L.'s Vegan nachos can be …

Heavy Amaryllis Flowers, Seed Catalogs and Houseplant Vacation Care

December 26th, 2019


In this episode we talk about using Sumac as a spice, how to keep those huge and how to prevent those heavy Amaryllis flowers from falling over and breaking off. In the main segment we discuss seed catalogs and end with …

Taming Overgrown or Too Large Gardens and Garden Design Tips

December 19th, 2019


We begin this episode with the importance of planting something new “at ground level.” Next Ellen and C.L. discuss what to do if your gardens have grown too large or unmanageable. We give garden design tips and end with …

semary, Native Switch Grass, and Moldy Cannabis

December 12th, 2019


This episode gives you some hints about growing and cooking with rosemary. Ellen and C.L. discuss what makes a plant deserve the label of “invasive” and we talk about Panicum virgatum, aka switch or panic grass. And …

Twice Baked Potatoes, Norfolk Pines, and the Plantrama Gift List

December 5th, 2019


Learn about an easy, vegetable comfort dish and the Norfolk Island Pine houseplant. Discover great holiday gifts and find out what is meant by “genus …

A Houseplant Debate, Plants Underwater, and Hardy Palm Trees

November 28th, 2019


Have you wondered why some plants can live underwater but your houseplants die if you give them too much water? Hear why this is, which houseplants Ellen and C.L. recommend, and learn about “Secret Suppers” in this …

Late-To-Migrate Hummingbirds, Yellow Leaves, and Comparing Apples to Oranges

November 21st, 2019


Are you wondering if the plant with yellow leaves will recover and turn green again? Have you ever wondered if we can indeed compare apples to oranges? And what plants are good for a slope in part sun? Ellen and C.L. …

Edging Flower Beds, The Right Sized Pot, and A New Plant On the Block

November 14th, 2019


Do you like that nice, crisp line that edging a lawn provides in your landscape? Are you hungry for a delicious stuffing to prepare this Thanksgiving? Ellen and C.L. have thoughts and suggestions. They are also anxious …

Flower Fluctuations, Fall Pansies, and Are You Tired of Kale Yet

November 7th, 2019


Should you really plant pansies in the fall? Why didn’t my plant bloom well this year when last year it was beautiful? Are you tired of kale yet? …

Straw Bale Gardens, Overwintering a Bay Tree and An Acorn Myth

October 31st, 2019


In this autumnal episode Ellen Zachos and C.L. Fornari talk about the pros and cons of straw bale gardens…fantastic or a fad? We talk about burdock (one person’s weed is another’s dinner) and keeping that potted bay …

Ornamental Fun With Fall Grasses, Leaving the Leaves, and Wild Grapes

October 24th, 2019


C.L. and Ellen explain how you can make your ornamental grasses look amusing and fun for the fall into the winter holidays. We discuss the benefits …

Late Planting or Transplanting, Outdoor Furniture in Winter, and Indoor Green Walls

October 17th, 2019


Have you wondered what people mean when they talk about a plant’s dripline, or if you can still put plants in the ground in October? Do you want to know if you can leave your outdoor furniture in the elements over the …

Compost, Drying Plants Upside Down, and Fried Sage Leaves

October 10th, 2019


In this episode Ellen and C.L. talk about a great way to prepare fresh sage leaves for a garnish, whether hanging herbs and other plants upside down to dry is important, the basics of compost, and how long carrots can …

Plantrama Trailer

October 8th, 2019


Here's a taste of what the Plantrama Podcast is all about.

Fall Cocktails, Winter Protection and Growing Fig Trees

September 26th, 2019


We start off this podcast with a toast to fall as Ellen presents an autumnal cocktail…a frozen persimmon margarita! We discuss protecting plants for …

Repotting Orchids, Coffee Plants, and Saving Seeds

September 19th, 2019


Do you need to repot an orchid? Want to grow a cup-a-Joe in your living room? Maybe you’re interested in saving seeds from plants you’ve grown in …

Overwintering Plants in Pots, Firepit Plantings, and Eating Dahlias

September 12th, 2019


1:06 What’s for dinner: Dahlias!

4:44 True or False:   You need a different fertilizer for each type of plant.

9:40 Eat/Drink/Grow: Hot & …

Flower Garlands, Fall Fix-ups, and Quince

September 5th, 2019


In this episode the Plantrama team talks about creating colorful flower garlands for a celebration, fall fix-ups for containers, gardens and curb …

Green Tomatoes, Saving Tropical plants and Raccoons Eating Corn

September 5th, 2019


Ellen and C.L. discuss what to do with green tomatoes, saving tropical plants over the winter, and how plants get their names. We end by answering Kirk’s question about raccoons eating the sweet corn he grew this year.


Fall Foraging, Critters and Borage

August 29th, 2019


Join Ellen and C.L. as they talk about silverberries (Elaeagnus umbellata), an easily grown herb with edible flowers (Borage), and what to do when …

Summer Squash, Winter Squash and Eating Squash Flowers

August 22nd, 2019


In this episode Ellen and C.L. squash a lot of information into about 25 minutes. We talk about how to prepare summer squash flowers, ways to judge if a winter squash is ripe, and coping with squash vine borers and …

Transplanting, End of Summer Plant Sales, and Cinnamon Fungicide

August 15th, 2019


Can you move plants now, in the summer? Is it smart to buy end of summer sale plants? Would you like the Earthkind Mosquito repellant? Could cinnamon …

Stuffed Vegetables, Watering Lawns and Planting in Cracks

August 8th, 2019


Stuffing vegetables gets this episode off to a tasty start. Ellen and C.L. also consider the watering of lawns, how to grow plants in cracks of pavers, and what might cause a peony not to flower well.

:45  What’s for …

Painted Rocks, Powdery Mildew and Cannabis Flowering

August 1st, 2019


Ellen and C.L. start this episode out by discussing painted rocks. Are you painting them this summer? Are your kids painting on rocks? Do you love finding a rock with a message on it when you go to the beach or woods, …

Summer Cocktails, Summer Pruning and Summer Storm Damage

July 25th, 2019


After C.L. and Ellen discuss hailstorms, summer pruning and landscape fabric you’ll be ready to just relax with a summer cocktail and consider foraging. Ellen gives a recipe for a “Bear Bait” cocktail that contains …

Easy Weed Control, Whitefly and Harvesting Root Crops

July 18th, 2019


Ellen and C.L. talk about the insect pest known as whitefly, and discuss several ways of controlling summer weeds. We end by answering Robie’s …

Roasting Summer Harvests, Mothballs and Bacteria

July 11th, 2019


We start this episode with information about roasting vegetables, and C.L. claims that roasted garden green beans taste as good as French fries. We then go on to trash the idea that mothballs can be used to repel …

Fireworks, Pesto and Harvesting Garlic

July 4th, 2019


Ellen and C.L. ignite the plant equivalent of fireworks in today’s episode. We revisit how pesto doesn’t have to be made only from basil, talk about harvesting garlic, and answer Vincent’s question about wildflower …

Coffee Grounds, Plant Emergencies, and Sweet or Savory Cooking

June 27th, 2019


Ellen and C.L. discuss garden or foraged ingredients that can swing both ways (sweet or savory), we discuss how to respond to a plant crisis, and examine the practice of putting coffee grounds in the garden.

:31 sweet …

Container Maintenance, Diagnosing Plant Problems and Product Picks

June 20th, 2019


In this episode Ellen and C.L. talk about keeping your containers flowering and looking great all summer. You’ll learn about diagnosing plant problems, favorite product picks and sand in the compost. 

:31 annual …

Radishes, Duct Tape, and Marauding Mint

June 13th, 2019


C.L. and Ellen debate whether duct tape can be used to fix broken branches, discuss radishes, help a listener deal with a garden thug that’s …

Foraged Ornaments, Edible Perennials and Tick Diseases

June 6th, 2019


Ellen and C.L talk about how to make ornaments for your garden from rocks or sticks you can find locally. We discuss what plants you can include in your perennial garden that are also edible and give tips for avoiding …

Peat Moss, Beautiful Containers and Organic Labeling

May 30th, 2019


Listening to this podcast will help you choose some great plants for mixed containers. You’ll find out why peat moss doesn’t make good mulch and why …

May Foraging, Annual Sunflowers and What Plants Do At Night

May 23rd, 2019


In this episode you’ll hear what you can forage for in May, learn about what plants do in the nighttime, and discover the joy of planting annual sunflowers. Ellen and C.L. also explain how some plants deliver beauty …

May Cocktails, Liming Lawns and Gorgeous Salads

May 16th, 2019


In this episode Ellen and C.L. toast the month of May with spring cocktails, explain how to figure what amount of mulch you need, and talk about …

Planting Shrubs & Trees, Tums for Tomatoes, and Eating Dandelion Flowers

May 9th, 2019


Learn how you can eat dandelion flowers, the best method for planting shrubs and trees and why perennials may need to be split and divided periodically. Plus the Plantrama team talks about planting tomatoes with Tums… a …

Dealing With Deer, Pebble Trays For Houseplants, and Live Show Questions

May 2nd, 2019


This episode of Plantrama was recorded live at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle. Ellen and I talked about outwitting rabbits and deer, plus we argue about the benefit of pebble trays filled with water for …

Dock, Dill, May baskets, Stems, and Squash Bugs

April 25th, 2019


In this Plantrama episode Dock and Dill are on the spring menu, we vow to make May baskets this year, and look at stems from the point of view of science, art, and dinner. We end with Todd’s question about squash bugs …

Signature Weeds, Raised Beds, and Black Walnut Myths

April 18th, 2019


C.L. and Ellen discuss what the weeds are telling you about your soil, the pros and cons of raised bed vegetable gardens, and the widespread myth about black walnut trees poisoning other plants.

:32  Did You Know: …

Mustard Greens, Pansies and Brown Leaves After Winter

April 11th, 2019


In this episode Ellen and C.L. talk about growing and foraging for mustard greens, explain what is meant by the term “hardening off,” and discuss a favorite spring flower. We wonder why pansies are said to “have faces” …

Deer or Rabbit Resistant Plants and More From Seattle

April 4th, 2019


At the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle, Ellen and C.L. talked about foraging for garlic mustard and C.L.’s favorite summer squash. We give recommendations for plants that Bambi and Thumper don’t like, and …

Eating Japanese Knotweed, Some Must-Plant Vegetables, and Mandevilla Vine

March 28th, 2019


In this Plantrama episode we talk about eating the invasive Japanese knotweed, three of C.L.’s must-plant vegetable varieties, growing Mandevilla vine and poison green potatoes.

:32 What’s For Dinner: Foraged Japanese …

Soil Testing, Planning Your Tomato Garden, Fiendish Weed Seeds

March 21st, 2019


We start out talking about why you might eat stinging nettles, or just avoid these painful plants. Learn about varieties for your tomato garden and …

Fiddlehead Ferns and Comparing Cannabis and Tomatoes

March 14th, 2019


Discover which ferns to harvest for spring “fiddleheads,” why you shouldn’t start seeds in pots of garden soil, comparing and contrasting starting …

New Beds, Hops, and The Neighbors Dogs

March 7th, 2019


This episode covers how and when to make new gardens without tilling, witch hazel shrubs, growing hops vines, and dealing with the neighbors’ dogs.

:30 True or False? Do you have to turn up the soil when you’re creating …

Sorrel, Seeds, and Sawdust in the Garden

February 28th, 2019


Find out if you need to soak seeds before planting them, how to grow better root crops, and if it’s OK to put sawdust in the garden. We also talk …

Foraged Lemons, A Bees Point of View, and Pruning Roses

February 21st, 2019


In this episode you’ll hear about how bees need both pollen and nectar, why you might be able to find Meyer Lemons without growing them, when roses …

Leaf Edges, Containers for Seedlings and Hazardous Potting Mix

February 14th, 2019


Learn about the best containers for starting seeds (and it’s not ice cream cones or eggshells), why leaf edges are important, and how to make “juice mousse.” Plus a discussion about how good potting mix can go bad.

:31 …

Repotting, Double Digging, and Spicy Peppers

February 7th, 2019


Double digging of soil, repotting plants in larger pots, and growing hot peppers, are on today’s episode. Discover starting peppers from seed and preserving them after harvest, plus learn if the “hot lips plant” is for …

ilted Plants, Tree Bark, and Planting on Steep Slopes

January 31st, 2019


C.L. and Ellen discuss wilted plants and how to tell why they are drooping, we recommend two newsletters to sign up for, and discuss the bark on trees…what it does and why it’s different on each type of tree. Ellen …

Oyster Mushrooms, Aphids, and Pass-Along Houseplants

January 24th, 2019


In Episode 67 Ellen and C.L. talk about oyster mushrooms, those creepy aphids, and houseplants that you can easily share with the world. We end by answering Patty’s question about GMO verses hybrid plants.


:30 What’s …

Shagbark Hickory, Starting Flowers From Seed, and Organic Fertilizers

January 17th, 2019


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


 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


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


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


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


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



: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


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


: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


: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


: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


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


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


: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


: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


: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


: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


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


: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


: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 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


:33    What’s For Dinner: Jams

Ellen is a big jam maker. Here how she saves fruit for cooking up jams later. She advises that people new to jams and jellies get the Ball Blue Book or So Easy To Preserve

8:11   The …

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

February 1st, 2018


: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


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


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


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


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


 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


 :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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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