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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.
 
Hosted by Daniel Vitalis, The WildFed Podcast is about deepening your connection with the natural world through hunting, fishing, foraging, and, of course, food. It’s about the wild food that’s freely available on your landscape, at the edges of your town or city, and sometimes just outside your door. The podcast consists of interviews with biologists, authors, wildlife managers, foragers, hunters, anglers, chefs, friends, and plenty of educational and inspirational solo shows too. WildFed — ...
 
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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:…
 
We had a great time sitting down to talk with William Altman — fellow Mainer and the Director of Photography for Donnie Vincent. As someone who’s entered into the world of hunting media, with this podcast and, of course, the WildFed TV show on Outdoor Channel, Daniel was excited to talk to William about the cinematography he’s doing in the hunting …
 
Back in April we spoke with a fellow Great Grow Along speaker, Wendy Kiang-Spray about growing and cooking with Asian vegetables. Wendy is the author of The Chinese Kitchen Garden: Growing Techniques and Family Recipes for a Classic Cuisine. She's a speaker and inspirational garden blogger, and she just lived through the cicada emergence in Marylan…
 
Back in April we spoke with a fellow Great Grow Along speaker, Wendy Kiang-Spray about growing and cooking with Asian vegetables. Wendy is the author of The Chinese Kitchen Garden: Growing Techniques and Family Recipes for a Classic Cuisine. She's a speaker and inspirational garden blogger, and she just lived through the cicada emergence in Marylan…
 
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…
 
It’s our honor and great pleasure to have Sam Thayer on the show. Sam is probably North America’s most well-known and respected voice in foraging today. Anyone who’s serious about foraging in the US or Canada likely has, and prizes, his three-book series in their library. Sam is an extremely well-rounded ecologist too — in possession of tremendous …
 
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: Landscap…
 
Our guest today is Eduardo Garcia. He’s a chef, hunter, angler, athlete, and a lover of the outdoors. He’s also the feature of a documentary called Charged: The Eduardo Garcia story, which we highly recommend you watch. It details a rather dramatic, unanticipated, and quite nearly fatal injury that Eduardo sustained on a backcountry hunt, and his i…
 
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 vegetab…
 
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 vegetab…
 
Today’s guest is Alan Bergo — the Forager Chef, who you may remember from past episodes of this podcast and from our pigeon episode of the WildFed TV show on the Outdoor Channel. Alan is one of the most talented and intrepid chefs in the wild food world today, and he's just released a new book — The Forager Chef’s Book of Flora: Recipes and Techniq…
 
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 f…
 
Get ready for a great episode on wild plants and the thrill of discovery that is foraging! Ellen Zachos is the author of the new book The Forager's Pantry as well as several other titles like The Wildcrafted Cocktail, and Backyard Foraging, 65 Familiar Plants You Didn’t Know You Could Eat. Ellen’s a wealth of knowledge on botany and foraging, but s…
 
Our guest this week is Matt Rees-Warren, author of The Ecological Gardener: How to Create Beauty & Biodiversity from the Soil Up. He chats with Christy from his home in England about how we can reduce plastic, conserve resources, and create ecosystems in our gardens. The post Podcast: The Ecological Gardener with Matt Rees-Warren appeared first on …
 
Our guest this week is Matt Rees-Warren, author of The Ecological Gardener: How to Create Beauty & Biodiversity from the Soil Up. He chats with Christy from his home in England about how we can reduce plastic, conserve resources, and create ecosystems in our gardens. The post Podcast: The Ecological Gardener with Matt Rees-Warren appeared first on …
 
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 Y…
 
Arthur Haines, a recurring guest of the WildFed Podcast and TV show, is back today, and he’s here to talk about hunter attitudes and relationships to animals and the landscape, and how that influences the non-hunting public's perception of hunting as a lifestyle. Hunting is a tremendous responsibility, especially today when such a small part of the…
 
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.…
 
Well, you’ve heard the buzz... maybe on the news, maybe in your social media feed, or if you live anywhere near Brood X, you’ve no doubt heard it in the trees these last few weeks! That’s right, it’s the return of the largest brood of 17 year cicadas — Brood X — and they're out in the billions, maybe even the trillions! Here at WildFed, we're entom…
 
This week's guest on the Gardenerd Tip of the Week Podcast is an inspiration in every way. Tasha Powell took her own journey toward growing food, and turned it into the community-led non-profit organization now called Appetite for Change, in North Minneapolis, MN. The post Podcast: Appetite For Change with Tasha Powell appeared first on Gardenerd.…
 
This week's guest on the Gardenerd Tip of the Week Podcast is an inspiration in every way. Tasha Powell took her own journey toward growing food, and turned it into the community-led non-profit organization now called Appetite for Change, in North Minneapolis, MN. The post Podcast: Appetite For Change with Tasha Powell appeared first on Gardenerd.…
 
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.…
 
There are few things in life as important to humanity as salt. It’s been a strong force shaping historical events, and it will likely shape many future events too. At WildFed, we have a strong interest in natural salts — whole, unrefined sea salt in particular — so we were excited when Lauren and Cathy from Slack Tide in York, Maine invited us over…
 
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…
 
Luke Storey — host of The Life Stylist Podcast — joins us to share a "first hunt" story like you've never heard before. Luke and Daniel have been friends for over a decade, originally connecting in the health and nutrition space. Luke recently went on his first hog hunt in Texas, as part of a weekend with past podcast guest Mansal Denton of Sacred …
 
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 vegetabl…
 
Mike Kimmel aka the Python Cowboy lives and works on the front lines of the Florida invasion of non-native species like pythons, iguanas, Muscovy ducks and many others. Cowboy is a great description for Mike as he's a bit of a renegade who enjoys the adrenalized rush of capturing dangerous exotic critters. He’s also a conservationist who is passion…
 
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/Dr…
 
"Humanity is more comfortable but less happy and healthy than we've ever been before," says today's podcast guest Michael Easter — author of the new book The Comfort Crisis, Embrace Discomfort To Reclaim Your Wild, Happy, Healthy Self. On assignment for Men’s Health Magazine, Michael went on a trip following the modern hunter and filmmaker Donnie V…
 
Amanda Thomsen was one of the early bloggers on the gardening scene, and her attitude is best explained by the title of her blog and first book: Kiss My Aster. Amanda is our guest this week on the Gardenerd Tip of the Week Podcast, where she shares her philosophy along with some great tips for garden design, planting success, and more. The post Pod…
 
Amanda Thomsen was one of the early bloggers on the gardening scene, and her attitude is best explained by the title of her blog and first book: Kiss My Aster. Amanda is our guest this week on the Gardenerd Tip of the Week Podcast, where she shares her philosophy along with some great tips for garden design, planting success, and more. The post Pod…
 
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 …
 
It’s always great to catch up with friends and colleagues, especially when that friend is our returning guest Lori McCarthy of Newfoundland, Canada. Lori is one of Canada’s most celebrated wild food enthusiasts, the creator of Cod Sounds — a cultural education and culinary excursion company — the author of the upcoming book Food Culture Place and t…
 
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…
 
In this episode, we chat with Danny Christensen aka the Urban Huntsman about the future of hunting and what it's like to be a hunter in Europe. Originally from Denmark, Danny launched the Urban Huntsman project while living in New York City, and is now residing in Italy — so, he has a pretty unique and comprehensive understanding of the dramaticall…
 
This week we travel to Compton, CA, where Kathleen Blakistone runs Moonwater Farm. Livestock, a garden, a pond, a food forest, and teaching spaces make up the heart of this urban farm. Kathleen shares her journey of bringing the farm to life amid asphalt and other urban influences in this historically agricultural community. The post Podcast: Moonw…
 
This week we travel to Compton, CA, where Kathleen Blakistone runs Moonwater Farm. Livestock, a garden, a pond, a food forest, and teaching spaces make up the heart of this urban farm. Kathleen shares her journey of bringing the farm to life amid asphalt and other urban influences in this historically agricultural community. The post Podcast: Moonw…
 
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…
 
Doug Duren — passionate hunter, farmer, land manager and conservationist — is a national voice in the conservation movement, and in particular, in the conversation around Chronic Wasting Disease in the North American deer herd. His guiding principle is simple: It's not ours, it's just our turn. We cover a lot of ground in this interview — from the …
 
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