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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.

Hoop House Production on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Hoop House Production

Hootin' Hollow is an organic farm that produces year round thanks to the early starts and the lingering late season crops that a hoop house provides.

Growing peas in Tennessee on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Growing peas in Tennessee

Paying careful attention to choosing the varieties, prepping the soil and seed, then planting at the right time are all part of growign peas in Tennessee.

Grain Corn on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Grain Corn

We visit a market gardener in Shelbyville, TN who grows grain corn in a 4' x 8' raised bed. He shares tips on how he achieves a high-quality yield in a small space, and explains why fresh is tastiest.

Nitrogen on NPT's Volunteer Gardener


Jeff Poppen explains how to achieve and maintain healthy soil without chemicals. He teaches us how to harness the nitrogen that is in plentiful supply above every square foot of earth.

Turnips and Mustards on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Turnips and Mustards

Turnips and mustards are companion plants in the farm field. Both produce edible greens. Learn how they are grown on an organic farm.