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 alert: they don't always agree!) You'll find three different topics in each episode, plus email questions from listeners.
Frozen Greens, Cannas, and Peroxide in the Garden
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.
Standards, Yarrow, Voles and a Book Review
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.
Sterilizing Soil, Growing Peppers and Water for Houseplants
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
Fennel, Epiphytes and Pelleted Seed
Ellen and C.L talk about growing fennel, what an epiphytic plant is, and why you may want to try some pelleted seeds. We answer Melissa’s question about why some paperwhite narcissus are more fragrant than others.
Herbs, Plant Pinching and African Violets
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.
Male and Female Plants, and Plants That Clean Soil
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.
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No Stupid Questions
I can’t say enough about the variety of garden topics and kindness of these two women express in their answers to garden questions.
This winter my houseplants plants are thriving due to one question from a listener about leaves browning. I had the same issue and always dismissed it as I was following advice from from a garden class several years ago. C. L. explained that the plants needed to be hydrated before ever adding any fertilizer. I totally changed my
watering routine. And she was so right! Tune into this podcast and you will learn so much. I have!
I love them
Long time listener- love the show! I sometimes have trouble finding people who are as into gardening as I am but who aren’t farmers. This show is for those people. Ellen & CL give diverse perspectives on so many fun topics. Only complaint - there are sometimes audio issues with Ellen’s mic which makes those episodes a bit hard to listen to.
Informative and fun!
Plantrama is my favorite podcast for escaping reality and immersing myself in the world of plants. I currently only have windowsills to garden in but I am mentally filing away lots of advice and enjoy being able to daydream about the great ideas explored. This podcast is informative and witty and always a pleasure.