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Growing Edibles At Home

Backyard gardening: applying best practices on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Backyard gardening: applying best practices

Annette Shrader visits with a backyard vegetable gardener who is using sustainable methods that work with nature to build healthy soil and grow nutrient-rich plants.

Food forest - permaculture methods on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Food forest – permaculture methods

Annette Shrader visits with an experienced gardener who adheres to the methods of permaculture. All of the plants in his vast backyard are part of a food forest, and each plant contributes in some way to the good of the whole. Food guilds, trap plants, green manure, and chop+drop plants are discussed, along with how they make edible plants thrive.

Clean Genes Farm on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Clean Genes Farm

Clean Genes Farm specializes in growing salad greens 365 days a year. And here on this family farm, efficiency is a must. Annette Shrader sees that first-hand in the seeding, the transplanting, and weed control.

Southall Orchard on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Southall Orchard

More than 1500 apple trees representing 35 different cultivars grace this hillside at Southall Orchard in Franklin TN. Some are bred over generations for a unique flavor profile, some for ciders, for firmness or longevity. All of the trees are pruned in espalier form.

To me

To me, the garden is magical

Annette Shrader introduces us to a gardener who chooses to grow vegetables in raised beds. She began with 8, and it wasn't long before she had more than doubled that. This garden is so charming, visitors love to linger.

Growing Pecans on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Growing Pecans

More folks are growing their own food these days, so perhaps a nut crop could fit into the home landscape. Tammy Algood goes to Bethpage TN to learn about seed germination, what's needed for good pollination, and expectations of yield over the course of the tree's life (which can be 150 years).