Episode 2801

Volunteer Gardener

July 11, 2019

Season 28 | Episode 01

On Nashville Public Television’s Volunteer Gardener, we visit with a gardener who enjoys hybridizing daylilies. We learn the many attributes of the fig tree, along with the proper growing conditions. We visit the Sheriff’s Horticulture program in action and find out the many positive aspects of this unique jobs skills initiative. We get advice on the use of wood chips in the garden.

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Horticultural program at the Davidson County (TN) Jail on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Horticultural program at the Davidson County (TN) Jail

We visit the Correctional Development Center at the Davidson County (TN) jail to see the Sheriff's horticulture program for ourselves. This program teaches offenders valuable job skills, while it encourages healthy eating. The trees grown and vegetables harvested are distributed to the community free of charge with the help of non-profit organizations.

Hybridizing Daylilies as a Hobby on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Hybridizing Daylilies as a Hobby

Cross a diploid with another diploid. Tetraploid with another tetraploid. Hybridizing hobbyists love to work with daylilies because it is a relatively simple process. Annette Shrader visits with one such hobbyist to learn more and see some of her creations.

Wood Chips in the Garden on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Wood Chips in the Garden

Are wood chips and hardwood mulch good for the garden? It is organic matter, and organic matter is necessary to make humus, and humus is good for the garden. The problem with this logic is time. And the factor of time involved is about a decade.