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Gardening for Good

Basil and Bergamot Flower Farm: Beyond Organic on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Basil and Bergamot Flower Farm: Beyond Organic

You can't get a bouquet with a longer shelf life than one from a local flower farmer. Phillipe Chadwick visits Basil and Bergamot, one such farm in Nashville that uses biodynamic methods to grow their flowers.


Allenbrooke Farm on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Allenbrooke Farm

Farmer Dan likes to think of his fields as the canvas and the crops as the color. Sheri Gramer visits this CSA, and finds it is as pretty as a picture.


Garden Beds or Rows? on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Garden Beds or Rows?

Jeff Poppen gives us an overview of the operations of Long Hungry Creek biodynamic farm. He discusses the reasons why he plants some crops in rows, while others he grows in beds.


Edibles as Ornamental on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Edibles as Ornamental

Adding food producing plants to the landscape can also add interest and beauty. Jeremy Lekich of Nashville Foodscapes takes us on a tour of a client's garden where the trees, shrubs and vines on the property contribute to the harvest.


Regenerative agriculture at No 9 Farms on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Regenerative agriculture at No 9 Farms

Regenerative agriculture is a holistic land management practice that leverages the power of photosynthesis in plants to close the carbon cycle, and build soil health, crop resilience and nutrient density. We tour the herb gardens at No 9 Farms to learn more.


Late Summer Vegetable Garden on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Late Summer Vegetable Garden

Market gardener and biodynamic practitioner Jeff Poppen talks about the heat-loving crops that thrive in summer. A variety of peppers, eggplants, sweet potatoes, okra and beans keep yielding up until first frost.


Hootin' Hollow Farm on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Hootin’ Hollow Farm

Jeff Poppen pays a visit to Hootin' Hollow Farm where there's always something growing and something ready to be harvested.


Chinese cabbage and bok choy on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Chinese cabbage and bok choy

In Tennessee, Jeff Poppen has learned that Chinese cabbage and bok choy simply don't do well in the spring. So, in mid-July, he transplants seedlings and direct sows in a field row for a fall harvest.


Growing Fruit Organically on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Growing Fruit Organically

Pears, paw paws, elderberries and hardy kiwi are some of the edibles being grown in this home orchard where the gardener does not do the typical spraying to fight common diseases and pests that plague fruit trees.


Building Rich Soil on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Building Rich Soil

Annette Shrader visits with a life-long gardener who shares organic methods for building soil full of nutrients and microbes. Trench composting, hugelkultur, vermiculture and permaculture are discussed.


Mulch Benefits in the Organic Vegetable Garden on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Mulch Benefits in the Organic Vegetable Garden

Weed suppression and moisture retention are two benefits of mulch in the vegetable garden. Jeff Poppen shares his insights about what type of mulch he uses, and how much.


October Beans on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

October Beans

Jeff Poppen discusses how rainfall in the spring decided when he would plant Taylor's Dwarf Horticulture bean. Putting seeds in the ground at the end of July proved wise. Jeff demonstrates best practices in growing fall beans organically.