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Dramatic Winter Damage on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Dramatic Winter Damage

Troy Marden shares his findings and lends insight into the plant damage that occurred during a rapid and dramatic drop in temperature in late December 2022. Trees, shrubs, and perennials - so many treasured garden plants were affected. Learn how long you should 'wait and see', and what is likely lost in total.

Boxwood Cloud Pruning on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Boxwood Cloud Pruning

Late February is the ideal time to prune boxwood. Annette Shrader learns the Must Do's to keep them healthy and thriving for decades.

Early Planting of Tomatoes on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Early Planting of Tomatoes

Annette Shrader visits a grower who loves fresh tomatoes so much he's developed a method that will produce the ripe red fruit in the beginning of June.

When a Chef Becomes a Farmer on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

When a Chef Becomes a Farmer

Tammy Algood introduces us to Tyler Brown of Southall Farm & Inn. We gain insight into farming from his perspective as a chef who strives for great flavor coming straight from the field. It;s here where guests are encouraged to explore the various gardens and growing sites on the farm.

Kitchen Display Garden on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Kitchen Display Garden

There's help for home growers of edibles in this kitchen display garden at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The vegetables and fruits growing in the 55 raised beds are All-America Selections Winners that are proven in taste and performance. Also on display is the integrated pest management achieved with chosen plant combinations.

Raised Bed Construction on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Raised Bed Construction

Jeff Poppen strolls the productive raised beds at Pegram Community garden. It includes more than twenty beds, and there's a variety of construction materials used throughout. Jeff discusses the pros and cons of each material choice.

Fall vegetable garden pointers on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Fall vegetable garden pointers

Fall vegetable gardens require planning, especially if those plants are to be grown from seed. Calculating the days to maturity allows one to start seeds at the proper time. Host Annette Shrader visits an experienced grower to see how the cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and peas are performing mid-autumn.

Rose Care for hybrid tea on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Rose Care for hybrid tea

Marty DeHart explains how to plant, prune and care for hybrid tea and grandiflora roses. She shares her preferred fertilizer and application information. Marty also discusses the diseases and pests that these roses are susceptible to and how to manage it effectively.

Dividing Hardy Perennials on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Dividing Hardy Perennials

Autumn is a good time to divide hostas, daylilies and peonies. Troy Marden demonstrates how to divide, and how to pot them up in his own soil mix recipe.

How to Assemble a Terrarium on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

How to Assemble a Terrarium

Plants can survive in a closed glass container, but what ingredients will ensure it is successful? Sheri Gramer steps through the process of assembling a terrarium.

Vole deterrent on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Vole deterrent

Voles are known for eating the roots of plants, consuming spring bulbs and tubers underground, and for chewing on the bark of trees and shrubs. Marty DeHart highlights a product that is used in the planting stage to create a barrier around plant roots.

Organic Farming: Good Start = Good Result on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Organic Farming: Good Start = Good Result

Jeff Poppen has been farming the organic way for decades. He shares his wisdom for those who are just becoming farmers. He covers a lot of the basics: plan before you plant, when to plow and when to plant, successive planting, tending a healthy compost pile, smart use of cover crops, the importance of lime, and keeping the critters away.