Apples, Augers, Old Wood and Tomatillos
C.L. and Ellen give you some different ideas for using apples this season, discuss planting bulbs with an auger on a drill, explain the term “old wood” and answer a listener’s question about tomatillo plants.
:30 What’s for dinner: Apples or crabapples, anyone?
7:54 The Plant Noob: Using a hand drill and an auger to plant lots of bulbs.
14:19 Eat/Drink/Grow: What is meant by the term “old wood.” As in “these hydrangeas flower on old wood.”
21:49 Love Letters and Questions: Paula wrote: “I planted a Tomatillo plant for the first time in my vegetable garden and got no fruit.
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