Program Information
March 2013


Air Dates: 21 & 24 | 28 & 31
Monthly Program Listing

Due to special programming, Volunteer Gardener will be pre-empted on

3/7, 3/10, 3/14 and 3/17

Episode 2112
Airs 3/21/13 and 3/24/13

Marty DeHart finds a small yard that’s a plethora of horticultural treasures. She discovers that for this gardener it is about picking the right plant for the right spot. Judicious pruning helps too. Annette Shrader visits with a certified arborist to learn when a mature tree has too much damage to be viable. Jeff Poppen shares best compost practices, including the importance of sufficient aging. Sheri Gramer shares a tip about starting seeds.

Jeff Poppen recommended the standard Jack-o-Lantern varieties of Connecticut Field and Howden. Tennessee pumpkins he grows and finds to be similar are Musquee de Provence and Long Island Cheese. It is a close relative of butternuts.



Episode 2113
Airs 3/28/13 and 3/31/13

Troy Marden shows us a variety of plants that can now winter over in our area with a bit of care. The USDA recently recognized the warmer weather we’ve experienced and subsequently upgraded the Middle Tennessee hardiness zone from 6b to7a. Therefore good mulching during winter will create a larger plant palette that can remain in the ground year-round. Annette Shrader visits an industrious gardener / pond owner that has createda backyard retreat. Marty DeHart profiles some plant problems she has identified in typicalTennessee gardens this season. Tammy Algood cooks up an entrée that will please a crowd. Spinach Stuffed Pork Roll will win raves.

Troy Marden profiled the following zone-pushing plant varieties:
Salvia ‘Wendy’s Wish’
Canna ‘Mojito’ and ‘Blue Hawaii’
Colocasia ‘Elena’
Butterfly ginger

Marty talked about using a fungicide such as chlorothalonil or tryferene for powdery mildew. An organic option would be potassium bicarbonate which is found in a product called Green Cure.

All Leland Cypress eventually get Ceridium cancre disease and there is no cure. Fend off by watering through dry spells. Marty recommends Arborvitae ‘Green Giant’ as a good alternative specimen.