Root Crops, Plant Protection and Flies
Ellen and C.L. talk about root crops – potatoes, and sunchokes – and what “open pollinated” means. We discuss the pros and cons of protecting plants for the winter, and answer a listener’s question about plants that draw flies.
:36 What’s for dinner: Root Crops: Potatoes and Sunchokes
5:55 Insider Information: What does “open pollinated” mean?
10:34 Eat/Drink/Grow: Should Your Plants be protected for the winter?
23:00 Love Letters and Questions: Chris emails: “First time writer, long time listener. I have a fly question.”
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