Program Information
February 2015


Air Dates: 5 & 8 | 12 & 15 | 19 & 22 | 26 & 1
Monthly Program Listing

Episode 2306
Airs on 2/5/15 and 2/8/15

Sheri Gramer visits Stoney Creek Farm in Franklin where the growing season brings corn, tomatoes and okra on this U-Pick-It.  Jeff Poppen explains and demonstrates how deep plowing keeps moisture available for the crops year round with no irrigation. Troy Marden tours the expansive gardens of an ornamental plant collector.  Julie Berbiglia learns about a way to recycle or trade horticulture weight plastic.

Sheri’s segment was in conjunction with Stoney Creek Farm
4700 Coe Lane
Franklin, TN 37064

Troy’s segment was taped in conjunction with Allen Bush.  Plants featured were
Gladiolus gandavensis ‘Boone’
Seseli gummiferum (moon carrot)
Stachys ‘Silky Fleece’ available at
Chasmanthium latifolium (northern sea oats)
Sporabolus (dropseed, rushgrass)

Julie’s segment was in conjunction with Gardens of Babylon Garden Center
900 Rosa L Parks Blvd #101
Nashville, TN 37208



Episode 2309
Airs on 2/12/15 and 2/15/15

On this Volunteer Gardener, herbs have been used for centuries to ease ailments and promote well-being.  We’ll visit Lisa’s Greenhouse that specializes in medicinal herbs, and native plants.  Plus, we meet a backyard gardener who utilizes tried and true methods for growing blueberries, blackberries and strawberries, all with success.

Sheri’s segment was done in conjunction with Lisa’s Greenhouse and Gardens
450 Davidson Chapel Lane
Bloomington Springs TN 38545-7075
Plants featured:
Pycnantheum virginanum (mountain mint)
Lycopus virginicus (bugleweed)
Eutrochium purpureum (Joe Pye weed)
Hypericum prolificum (St. John’s wart)
Althea officinalis (marshmallow)
Angelica archangelica
Arctium lappa (common burdock)
Artemisia annua (sweet Annie)
Dispacus sylvesiris (wild teasel)
Oenothera speciosa (showy evening primrose)
Oenothera macrocarpa (Missouri evening primrose)
Monarda didyma (beebalm, scarlet monarda, bergamot)
Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)
Pycanthemum incanum (Cherokee sweat mint, hillside mint)

Julie’s segment was done in conjunction with Jim Semmens.  He stated that he has learned gardening from a variety of readily available resources in Davidson County Tennessee.
Davidson County Master Gardeners

University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension, Davidson County

All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew, second edition. He has also authored Square Foot Gardening Answer Book.

Jeff Poppen, the barefoot farmer is found at




Episode 2310
Airs on 2/19/15 and 2/22/15

On this episode, Annette Shrader visits Jackson, Tennessee to showcase a variety of wonderful plants.  Some of them are showstoppers, and some are more subtle in their beauty.  Marty DeHart explains how to collect seeds from a variety of perennials for an economical way to fill the garden beds.  Jeff Poppen is at his Nashville CSA produce delivery and entertains farming questions from his members.

Annette’s segment was taped in conjunction with Morris Nursery and Landscapes
2108 Hollywood Drive
Jackson, TN 38305
The following plants were highlighted:
Coleus ‘Shiny Shoes’ and ‘Gold Pagoda’
Iresine herbstii (chicken gizzard)
Pilea mollis ‘Moon Valley’
Phlox x ‘Wanda’
Salvia splendens ‘Dancing Flames’
Aralia cordata  ‘Sun King’
Lonicera nitida ‘Baggesen’s Gold’ (box honeysuckle)
Manettia cordifolia ‘John Elsley’
Pelargonium ‘Madame Landry (geranium)
Mimosa pudica (sensitive plant)



Episode 2311
Airs on 2/26/15 and 3/1/15

It’s frustrating when your vegetable garden gets struck down by disease, or decimated by pests.  But don’t quit!  Jeff Poppen shares advice on curing the common problems of tomatoes, squash and cucumber plants.  Annette Shrader  has ways to protect that tree investment when planting .  Troy Marden has plant combination suggestions for fall and winter containers.  Tammy Algood had to come up with a Plan B when making biscuits one day, and created Grapefruit Biscuits.