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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.

Raised Bed Gardening: Recipe for Success on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Raised Bed Gardening: Recipe for Success

Jeff Poppen discusses and demonstrates ways to maximize yield in a raised vegetable bed.

Permaculture Action Day-Nashville on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Permaculture Action Day-Nashville

GROW Enrichment held a permaculture action day in which volunteers worked together to enhance and beautify the land. The list of projects included forest reclamation, incorporating edibles into a children's play space, and sheet mulching an established orchard.

Chicken Chat on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Chicken Chat

We visit with an experienced urban hen keeper in Nashville, TN to glean great tips and know-how. @judyschickens gives us the scoop on the coop, realistic expectations, and unexpected things that are going to happen. Judy is also an extensive gardener, so she talks about how backyard chickens and backyard garden beds can co-exist.

Growing Veggies: Ground vs. Raised Beds on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Growing Veggies: Ground vs. Raised Beds

For home growers, there are choices in how to go about it. While some vegetable crops are best to grow in the ground in rows or a patch, others can be well-suited for raised beds. Jeff Poppen visits with a Clarksville, TN gardener to see how she does it.

Floral Design - For the Joy on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Floral Design – For the Joy

Troy Marden teams up with J. Schwanke from the PBS series Life in Bloom for a tutorial on floral arranging.

Growing sweet cherries on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Growing sweet cherries

Tammy Algood tours the very productive cherry orchard at Forgie's Fruit Farm. While there are challenges to growing cherries in the South, choosing the right varieties that are proven to perform well is the key. Growing tips and ways to keep the crop protected from birds is also discussed.

Leak Detection Protocol on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Leak Detection Protocol

A leaky home pond can be a head scratcher. Tammy Algood learns the leak detection protocol from an expert.