Episode 2822

Volunteer Gardener

June 11, 2020

Season 28 | Episode 22

On Nashville Public Televisions' special episode of Volunteer Gardener Maximizing Plant Potential, we have lots of garden fundamentals and growing tips. Part One: Soil mix recipe/raised bed gardening tips; harvesting and preserving herbs; fruit-bearing trees and shrubs. Part Two: Plant this Instead; building rich soil; root-bound plant tip; pollination buddy.

Watch Clips from this Episode

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.

Plant this Instead on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Plant this Instead

Plant breeders are continuously introducing new hybrids that are improvements on popular perennials and annuals. Troy Marden has a showcase of some of his favorites on the market now.

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.

Building Rich Soil on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Building Rich Soil

Annette Shrader visits with a life-long gardener who shares organic methods for building soil full of nutrients and microbes. Trench composting, hugelkultur, vermiculture and permaculture are discussed.