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.
Mint, Harvesting Garlic, and Plant Supports
Ellen and C.L. discuss ways to use the mint you grow, the basics of harvesting garlic, and ways of supporting vegetables and newly planted trees. Plus we answer a listener’s question about spraying fertilizer directly onto foliage.
:33 What’s for dinner: Mint beyond mojitos
4:12 Insider Information: Harvesting Garlic
17:46 Eat/Drink/Grow: Plant supports.
26:40 Love Letters and Questions: Karen asks about spring fertilizer directly on plants.
Flea Beetles, a Book Review and Houseplants at Summer Camp
Ellen and C.L. talk about a common insect that causes damage in many vegetable gardens: flea beetles. Next they address questions and issues that arise when houseplants have been put outside for the summer, review an inspiring new book, and answer Ryan’s question about possible ground cover crops for weed suppression in flower farms.
:28 Plant Noob: Flea beetles
7:37 Eat/Drink/Grow: So your houseplants are out for Summer Camp
18:12 Book Review: The Urban Garden
22:12 Love Letters and Questions: From Ryan about weed control in a flower farm.
Dead Trees, Early Flowering Perennials, and What NOW
C.L. and Ellen discuss what to do if your tree dies, and what actions to take when something has already happened and you need to respond or do your best to fix it.
:30 True or False: You should remove dead trees from your property
6:24 Eat/Drink/Grow: After the fact. Or, I’ve already done it! Now What???
22:00 Love Letters and Questions: Sandi asks: “When early flowering perennials such as blue salvia, peonies, or penstemon stop blooming, what do I do with them?
Dill, Planting in June and What Alliums Do
:38 What’s For Dinner: Dill.
8:59 Eat/Drink/Grow: “Is it too late to plant?”
20:14 Insider Information: What alliums do.
22:42 Love Letters and Questions: Donna re: miniature lemon cypress tree
In this first of five June episodes, C.L. and Ellen talk about growing dill, planting in the summer, and what allium foliage does when these bulbs come into bloom. Plus we answer a listener’s question about growing lemon cypress trees indoors…was she given bad advice?
Lettuce Wraps, Garden Diversity and Mediterranean Gardening
In this end-of-May episode Ellen and C.L. discuss using lettuce to wrap tasty fillings, for a meal or snack. We explain what a botanist does, the importance of several types of diversity in our yards and gardens, and answer Pete’s question about applying Mediterranean style to a Minnesota garden.
:28 What’s for dinner: Lettuce Wraps
3:22 Insider Information: What is a botanist?
7:33 Eat/Drink/Grow: Garden Diversity
21:58 Love Letters and Questions: From Pete about “Mediterranean Gardening”
How to Fill Raised Beds, Hugelkulure and Garden Mentors
The Plantrama team discusses the best way to fill a raised bed, why the practice called hugelkulture is getting so much buzz, a podcast recommendation, and finding a garden mentor.
:30 Plant Noob: Why you shouldn’t fill a raised bed with only compost.
5:24 Eat/Drink/Grow: Hugelkultur
16:29 Check THIS Out!: a plant podcast that C.L. loves.
18:48 Love Letters and Questions Morgan in Michigan writes about finding garden mentors.
I love this podcast. As a cook, gardener and naturalist it meets all my needs. Good for beginners or experienced people!
Just wish there was more!
This podcast always teaches me something. I just wish the episodes were longer. I’ve listened to all episodes multiple times and especially love hearing about foraging and seed collecting. I’d love to hear more on those subjects as well as more on design and curb appeal.
Thanks so much for the awesome content.
My favorite plant podcast! And I listen to many. These two know their stuff and they’re so generous with that knowledge.