Program Information
Febuary 2017


Air Dates: 2 & 5 | 9 & 12 | 16 &19
Monthly Program Listing

Episode 2507
Airs on 2/02/17 and 2/05/17

On this episode, we visit a local business with an eye on a sustainable future. The Compost Company offers organic waste recycling, then composts it into several soil blends and soil enhancement products. Sheri Gramer tours a garden that holds many examples of solid garden design principles. And this gardener has a special love for pre-historic looking plants too. Plus, two plant geeks talk about cool native plants that support pollinators.
Troy’s segment was taped at Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center in Chattanooga TN.
For more information about their annual fall plant sale on September 9 and 10, 2016, visit
Plants showcased included: butterfly weed, spicebush, pipevine, TN ironweed, Franklin tree, Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea pallida, cardinal flower, and American beautyberry.

Matt’s segment was taped at The Compost Company located at 3643 TN-12 in Ashland City, TN. 615.427.5956 or visit


Episode 2510
Airs on 2/09/17 and 2/12/17

We’re off to Long Hungry Creek Farm and where we learn sometimes the best approach is to sit back and let Mother Nature do her thing. Marty DeHart points out the fibrous roots of azaleas and demonstrates how to plant for optimum performance. Plus, we tour a backyard garden positioned on a downhill slope that features island beds, a vegetable garden, cool containers and some favorite old plants.

Marty’s picks for Evergreen Azaleas for the Central Basin of TN
WHITE: ‘Delaware Valley White’, ‘Pleasant White’
PINK: ‘Renee Michelle’(bright pink), ‘Girard’s Rose’ (deep rose pink), ‘Coral Bells’ (peppermint pink), ‘Fashion’ (bright coral pink)
RED: ‘Hershey Red’ (vivid red), ‘Hino-Crimson’, ‘Girard’s Hot Shot’ (bright orange red)


Episode 2511
Airs on 2/16/17 and 1/19/17

Matt Kerske takes us along to a community garden with more than 70 raised beds, support for pollinators, a shared herb garden, and a farm stand for sharing surplus. This great model is at Del Webb at Lake Providence in Mt. Juliet, TN. Tammy Algood takes us in her greenhouse to meet up with her husband George to learn more about his hobby of growing orchids. Annette Shrader introduces us to a self-taught farmer in Memphis who is now teaching gardening/farming skills to youths who have been in the juvenile justice system.

American Orchid Society
Orchid Society of Middle Tennessee

Here’s the kale salad recipe mentioned in Matt’s segment at the community garden at Del Webb at Lake Providence:
Aunt Celeste’s Kale Salad
1 bunch of kale, washed, stems removed, torn into chunks
2 fresh, crisp apples such as Gala or Honey Crisp
½ sweet yellow onion or red onion
1/3 cup raw, soaked sunflower seeds or raw pumpkin seeds
1/3 cup organic raisins or dried cranberries
2 TBSP fresh lemon juice
1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
1 tsp sea salt
2 TBSP grape seed oil or olive oil
Put apple chunks and onion pieces in food processor. Pulse a few times until a coarse chop. Remove and put into a large bowl.
Place kale in food processor, filling to top but don’t pack.  Pulse kale 10 times or until fine chop. Remove chopped kale and repeat until all kale is processed. Put kale in large bowl with apples, onion, and sea salt.
Squeeze or massage kale with your hands a few times to break down the fiber and rub in the sea salt.
Add lemon juice, vinegar, oil, raisins and sunflower seeds. Stir well. Seal and refrigerate for up to 5 days.

For more information about the youth training program in agriculture, visit A video overview of Landmark Training Development Company is at
2411 Carnes Avenue
Memphis, TN 38114


Episode 2512
Airs on 2/23/17 and 2/26/17

Troy Marden tours the grounds of an historic house in a Chattanooga neighborhood in the midst of a renaissance. This garden delights from the front curb to the rear gate. Sheri Gramer enjoys a a grower’s backyard bonsai collection. Tammy Algood is harvesting peppers and mixing up jars of Refrigerated Pickled Peppers.

Troy’s segment was with Scott M. Drucker, Landscape Designer for The Nashville Bonsai Society