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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.

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.

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.

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.

Compost Pile - Prime Planting Spot on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Compost Pile – Prime Planting Spot

Troy Marden wants to plant potatoes and tomatoes, and finds a spot in the space he had been using for the compost pile.

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.

Harvesting/Preserving Herbs on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Harvesting/Preserving Herbs

Clipping, drying and preserving herbs is the topic at No. 9 Farms in Ashland City, TN. Lemon balm, basil and dill are discussed specifically.

Pollination Buddy on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Pollination Buddy

In order to get good fruit production, a lot of fruit-bearing trees and shrubs must have cross-pollination of several varieties of that tree or shrub. Tammy Algood discusses recommendations to avoid pollination problems with UT Agriculture Extension Fruit and Nut specialist Dr. Dave Lockwood.

Soil Mix Recipe + Raised Bed Gardening Best Practices on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Soil Mix Recipe + Raised Bed Gardening Best Practices

Bagged potting soil can be expensive. Tammy Algood assembles 4 readily found ingredients so you can mix up your own for a lot less money. Tammy uses her mix in a 3' x 25' raised bed. Best practices for raised bed gardening are presented.

Garden consult on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Garden consult

Organic market farmer Jeff Poppen visits a backyard vegetable grower to share his many years of experience and gained knowledge.