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Vertical hydroponics: growing UP on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Vertical hydroponics: growing UP

Marty DeHart tours Rally Farms, the first Nashville-based urban hydroponic farm utilizing a recycled insulated shipping container to grow produce hydroponically. Their specialties are culinary herbs and leafy greens. That includes lettuce in both mini and full-head varieties, arugula, mustard greens, and kale.

Trees for Bees on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Trees for Bees

Flowering trees are great for pollinators! They provide high levels of pollen and nectar that bees need for their existence. Tammy Algood is at Rock Bridge Trees in Bethpage Tennessee to show off some beautiful trees that are very supportive of pollinators.

Autumn Nectar Plants on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Autumn Nectar Plants

Environmentally conscientious gardeners should strive to grow a range of late-flowering nectar plants to provide insects with energy to migrate, or build them up for winter hibernation. Rita Venable, author of Butterflies of Tennessee, joins Marty DeHart to discuss top-performers such as goldenrod and New England aster.

Becoming Invasive Free on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Becoming Invasive Free

Julie Berbiglia visits Warner Parks in Nashville where invasive plants are being chopped down, wrenched up, and tugged out to become Invasive Free by 2027.

Pocket prairie on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Pocket prairie

A pocket prairie is a small handcrafted parcel that is dominated by grasses and forbs. Troy Marden visits Mike Berkley of Growild Inc to learn the various plants that are recommended, their growth requirements, and the maintenance recommended.

No Till Agriculture on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

No Till Agriculture

Tammy Algood explores the benefits of no till agriculture for both the farmer and the land. Hutchinson Farms has been at the forefront of this environmentally responsible production technique for three generations.

Beekeeper + Flower Farmer on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Beekeeper + Flower Farmer

Sheri Gramer introduces us to the son of a grower who also feels compelled to grow. He decided to do annuals in a big way. They are beautiful to look at, and support the 25 beehives he maintains. Zinnias, cosmos and sunflowers thrive in this home garden on a grand scale.

Blessings of a Community Garden on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Blessings of a Community Garden

Julie Berbiglia tours a new community garden on the grounds of St. John AME Church in Nashville TN. The church was working toward creating a commercial kitchen, but circumstances changed. In 2020, a tornado took out the church building, and then 2 weeks later the COVID protocols were established. Partnerships were formed, the plan pivoted in scope, and now the community has an inspiring and bountiful garden. All those in the neighborhood are invited to participate in its plantings and harvest.

Pollinators welcome in this garden on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Pollinators welcome in this garden

Troy Marden, knowing how gardens evolve, checks back in at a home garden in Nashville. Updates include the instillation of a lot of lilies, bog gardens, and milkweeds to support pollinators.

Farm in the City 2021 on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Farm in the City 2021

Tammy Algood visits the community garden near downtown Nashville known as Farm in the City. Established in 2010 by Metro Development and Housing Agency, it offers more than 50 raised beds that are open to residents of the J. Henry Hale Apartments as well as the greater community. While this spot didn't start with good soil, there is a concentrated effort to build good soil which supports a food forest and orchard.

Freia Farm: Small Intensive Agriculture Farm on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Freia Farm: Small Intensive Agriculture Farm

An enthusiastic pair of young farmers focus on building the soil, knowing it will pay off year after year. There's is a no till farm. Their market garden business practice wants to be very accessible and affordable. They have chosen a more flexible business model than a traditional member-based, weekly delivery CSA.

Episode 3003 on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Garden Diversity

Jeff Poppen visits the Pegram Community Garden to learn about the diversity of crops in the many raised beds, and the diversity in the talents and contributions of the community members who grow here.