Edible Landscaping, Houseplants From Supermarket Pits, and Primroses

: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 (Vaccinium corymbosum) old-fashioned quince
 japonica ‘Toyo-Nishiki’), bee balm, ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris), Oregon grape (Mahonia aquifolium), potato-bean vine (Apios americana), doyle’s thornless blackberry, rainbow chard, salad greens, and nasturtiums.

10:05 The Plant Noob: Buying Plants in 6 packs vs. 4” Pots
Those new to planting often wonder why some plants are sold in inexpensive six packs, while others are only available in small pots. Ellen and C.L. explain.

14:15  Eat/Drink/Grow: Growing Plants From Pits and Leftovers
Have you ever wondered if you can grow an apple or orange tree from the pit of the fruit you bought in the store? And how about making a houseplant from the top of a pineapple or the seed from an avocado?

21:25 Insider Information: Those Cheerful Supermarket Primroses…
They have round flowers in bright colors and make us believe that spring is, indeed, just around the corner. Ellen and C.L. talk about whether you can plant these outside once the warmer weather actually arrives.

29:00 Love Letters and Questions: Soil Treatments
Is it possible to treat the soil to get rid of all your insect and disease problems?

Edible alternative to climbing roses.

This is a Doyle’s Thornless Blackberry, grown on the western side of my shed. Use a thornless blackberry on an arbor or trellis that you might otherwise use a climbing rose. The canes of this blackberry grow 10 to 15 feet long so provide a suitable support.


Wondering if you can grow a lemon, lime or other citrus from a seed and have it as a houseplant? The answer is yes…maybe.

They are like the flowers we doodle…an almost imaginary perfect bloom that you might find on fwallpaper or fabric. The yellow ones are usually sweetly fragrant too!

This small box of the promise of spring contains a pink primrose. After three or four weeks it will be time to separate these plants, give each its own pot, and grow them as houseplants. The primrose is unlikely to be very long lasting however.

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