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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.
 
Welcome to the Beginner's Garden Podcast! This is the podcast with easy-to-understand resources, tips, and information to help beginning gardeners get the most out of their gardening adventure -- big or small. When I began gardening in 2013, I scoured books and Internet resources to find all the information I could. Although good information was abundant, I had trouble understanding all the gardening lingo and sifting through the information to figure out what would work for me. In this podc ...
 
The podcast for people who love plants—but not always the same ones. Brought to you by the editors of Fine Gardening, this fun, informative podcast tackles all things topical in gardening. You’ll listen to the insights (and arguments) of Editor-in-Chief Steve Aitken and Senior Editor Danielle Sherry as they discuss various horticultural subjects on a deeper level. You will also hear from today’s leading horticultural minds who will offer their wisdom and opinions about what you might want to ...
 
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How can I keep my plants from wilting in the late afternoon sun? We will touch on this on today's Q&A. Show Notes: (*links below contain affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.) More information on Fusarium Wilt and Verticillium Wilt: https://journeywithjill.net/garde…
 
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:…
 
It's time to start thinking about that fall garden. You may be frustrated with your summer garden but, don't give up! I'm here to encourage you with all the opportunities your fall garden has to offer. Show Notes: (*links below contain affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost …
 
What's Wrong with My _____ ? I'll touch on this on today's Q & A. Show Notes: (*links below contain affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.) Vegetable Gardening for Beginners Book: https://amzn.to/3kZXFDu Connect with Jill: Sign up for Friday Emails: https://journeywi…
 
It pretty much seems like drought is the norm these days. No matter where you live—East Coast, West Coast, or anywhere in between—periods of no rain are commonplace. Some gardeners out there have been dealing with droughty conditions for decades while others are just starting to learn what a “real” drought-tolerant plant is. After a record-breaking…
 
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…
 
How are you feeling? It's the middle of summer and today we are taking some time to reflect on all that's going on in our gardens and work on avoiding garden burnout. Show Notes: (*links below contain affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.) Organic REV The first thin…
 
What Can I Do with Small Amounts of Tomatoes? On today's Q&A we will explore a few options. Show Notes: (*links below contain affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.) Flash Sale! July 9th - 12th 2021 $20 off Harvest to Kitchen Harvest to Kitchen https://Journeywithjil…
 
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…
 
It's that time of year, that's right, tomatoes. We will continue our series "What's wrong With" today talking about tomatoes. Show Notes: (*links below contain affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.) Purdue Tomato App https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2014/Q2/…
 
Should you remove dead leaves/stalks of a plant that's still producing? Absolutely! We will talk about how and why on today's podcast. Show Notes: (*links below contain affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.) Vegetable Gardening for Beginners Book: https://amzn.to/3k…
 
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…
 
Have you ever considered how your personality affects your garden? On today's podcast I will be talking with Carissa Hardage about the enneagram and how it relates to gardening. Show Notes: (*links below contain affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.) Organic REV The…
 
Are the flowers on your herbs edible? We will take a look at that on today's Q&A. Show Notes: (*links below contain affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.) Vegetable Gardening for Beginners Book: https://amzn.to/3kZXFDu Connect with Jill: Sign up for Friday Emails: h…
 
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…
 
On today's podcast we will take a look at Buckwheat as a summer cover crop. Explore it's benefits, the ideal planting conditions, how to plant, and how to grow. Show Notes: (*links below contain affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.) Organic REV The first thing to u…
 
Do you ever find yourself recommending the same handful of plants to friends and neighbors? We do. These might not being the splashiest of plants, or even the ones that you’d base an entire design around. But, these are fantastic herbaceous perennials—the meat and potatoes of the garden. To make things even more interesting, we limited ourselves do…
 
On today's Q&A we will look at how some weeds can be useful in the garden. Show Notes: (*links below contain affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.) Website used for research https://pss.uvm.edu/ppp/articles/weedstell.html Vegetable Gardening for Beginners Book: http…
 
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…
 
Have you ever thought about giving away the excess from your garden? Today I am talking to Angela Thomas from Bonnie Plants. They are partnering with Ample Harvest to help connect farmers and food pantries to give to families in need. Show Notes: (*links below contain affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will ea…
 
Is Epsom salt good for tomato plants? We will look into this on today's Q&A episode. Show Notes: (*links below contain affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.) Websites used for research https://s3.wp.wsu.edu/uploads/sites/403/2015/03/epsom-salts.pdf https://www.ag.nd…
 
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.…
 
Struggling with squash and zucchini? Today we will talk about what can go wrong with these plants and how hopefully you can avoid it. Show Notes: (*links below contain affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.) Organic REV The first thing to understand about REV is that…
 
On today's Q&A I'll be addressing the question, When do you harvest beans for shelling or drying? Show Notes: (*links below contain affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.) How to dry beans https://nchfp.uga.edu/how/dry/vine.html Vegetable Gardening for Beginners Book…
 
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.…
 
Join me today as I talk with Gary Pilarchik author of The Modern Homestead Garden. Show Notes: (*links below contain affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.) Gary's Website www.therustedgarden.com Gary's YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCptL6_qMImyW_yZ…
 
Do I have to turn/till or change out my raised bed soil every year? The short answer no. Join me on today's Q&A to hear a little more. Show Notes: (*links below contain affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.) Mulching the vegetable garden https://journeywithjill.net/…
 
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…
 
Join me as I have a insightful conversation with Charlie Nardozzi author of No-dig Gardening. Show Notes: (*links below contain affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.) No-Dig Gardening by Charlie Nardozzi https://amzn.to/3dfIPaE Connect with Charlie: https://www.gard…
 
For those who are a little confused by this episode’s theme let us try to explain. Yes, all garden beds are built with plants. But, there are certain plants that are such solid performers that they are the perfect jumping off point for building a bed. These are not the dramatic focal points that catch everyone’s attention, nor are they the stoic bo…
 
Are you worried about your pressure canner exploding or getting botulism? You are not alone! On today's podcast I will easy those fears and help you get over your fear of canning. Show Notes: (*links below contain affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.) Harvest to Ki…
 
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…
 
I planted over 300 onions this year! Today will will talk about what can go wrong and how to avoid these mistakes. Show Notes: (*links below contain affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.) How to grow onions for big bulbs https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2018/02…
 
Is preserving worth it? I ask myself this question every year during harvest season, I'll tell you the answer in today's podcast. Show Notes: (*links below contain affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.) Planting Essentials Masterclass http://journeywithjill.net/plan…
 
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…
 
Are you harvesting anything from your garden yet? Today, I'll help you with a plan to get started preserving that harvest. Show Notes: (*links below contain affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.) Free Masterclass May 12th & 13th 2021 Simplest Path to Preserving Your…
 
Spring has long ago sprung and now that all the pruning, dividing, and mulching is done we’re ready to plant up our containers. Like many of you, we are tempted to try something new every year and sometimes end up with a plant that is worthwhile. But we always make sure to incorporate a few tried-and–true container plants. These are selections that…
 
Ready to start canning? On today's Q&A I will give you a couple of resources to get you started. Show Notes: (*links below contain affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.) Ball Blue Book of Home Preserving https://amzn.to/3eg5frw Free Masterclass Simplest Paths for Pr…
 
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 …
 
Show Notes: Free Masterclass: Simplest Paths for Preserving Your Harvest May 12th & 13th Register here: https://journeywithjill.lpages.co/preserving-the-harvest/ (*links below contain affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.) Organic REV The first thing to understand a…
 
Which pollinator plants should you put in your garden? On today's Q&A we will talk about possible solutions to getting pollinators in your garden. Show Notes: (*links below contain affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.) Pollinator Victory Garden - Kim Eierman https:…
 
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…
 
Show Notes: (*links below contain affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.) Article on Mulching https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/vegetable_gardeners_make_use_of_organic_mulch_as_a_sustainable_and_smart_pr Texas A & M Article https://agrilifeextension.tamu.edu/library/gard…
 
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