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Growing Peanuts on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Growing Peanuts

Jeff Poppen shares the history of the peanut and its rise to fame on the American farm. He discusses how to grow peanuts successfully, from the soil pH to the hilling. Jeff is thrilled about the resurgence of a treasured heirloom variety, Tennessee Red Mammoth, currently in production at Green Door Gourmet in Nashville TN.


Garden Supports in the Vegetable Garden on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Garden Supports in the Vegetable Garden

Tammy Algood takes us through her vegetable beds to show us the frugal and very practical supports she has fashioned for tomatoes, cucumbers and peas. By using these structures, plants are allowed to grow to their potential and the gardener has an easier path to picking.


Crape Myrtle Bark Scale on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Crape Myrtle Bark Scale

David Cook, UT agriculture extension agent for Davidson County TN, explains the non-native scale that poses a serious threat to Southern Crape Myrtles. The nymphs produce a large amount of honeydew that drips down the trunk, branches, leaves, and ground below. That substance then accumulates sooty mold. While not fatal, it makes the infested trees an eyesore in the landscape.


Joe Smith Floral Design Gallery @ Nashville Lawn and Garden Show on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Joe Smith Floral Design Gallery @ Nashville Lawn and Garden Show

Troy Marden takes us along for the inaugural show at the Joe Smith Floral Design Gallery at the 2020 Nashville Lawn and Garden Show. 'Flowers in Focus' is the theme and local floral designers have submitted some innovative designs.


Growing Carrots on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Growing Carrots

Jeff Poppen has grown a lot of carrot crops over the years. He shares his experience and knowledge as to the soil preparation, the planting, and good varieties to grow.


Fruit Tree Pruning on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Fruit Tree Pruning

"I've yet to see a fruit tree that was over-pruned", says Dave Lockwood, Fruit & Nuts Crop Specialist with UT Extension. Dave demonstrates how he'd approach the pruning of an 'Intrepid' peach tree to open it up to sunlight, increase air circulation, and allow the tree to produce bigger, better fruit.


Storage of Surplus Crops on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Storage of Surplus Crops

Biodynamic Farmer Jeff Poppen shows us how he effectively stores surplus crops such as garlic, onions, and potatoes to reduce waste.


Backyard Bounty on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Backyard Bounty

Host Julie Berbiglia tours a productive backyard garden of an enthusiastic new grower. He shares some of the best practices he has learned in regard to composting, and growing methods for blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries.


Types of Roses on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Types of Roses

We visit with Ron Daniels with the Nashville Rose Society in his home rose garden. We look at climbers, hybrid teas, show roses, miniatures, and lots of gorgeous blooms and buds.


Pruning Young Blueberry Shrubs on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Pruning Young Blueberry Shrubs

For a better yield in the future, it's best to prune off the budding fruit on young shrubs for the first 3 years. Tammy Algood discusses best practices with the University of Tennessee Fruit & Nut specialist.


Growing Garlic on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Growing Garlic

Garlic has been cultivated by humans for 5,000 years. Jeff Poppen likes growing garlic for several reasons. It's easy, it gets planted in September/October and grows during the off-season, and all parts of the plant are edible. He shares his planting method and favorite varieties.


Plant Display: Why not a Log? on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Plant Display: Why not a Log?

Our plant container guru, Annette Shrader, seized the opportunity to create a unique planter when she spotted a large hollow log floating in the lake during a fishing trip. Follow along as she plants it up with colorful Sempervivum that will be ideal for the final spot this planter will land on the edge of the carport. It turned into an eye-catching succulent display.