Episode 2906

Volunteer Gardener

September 24, 2020

Season 29 | Episode 06

On this episode of Nashville Public Television's Volunteer Gardener, Annette Shrader tours a backyard garden that is so densely planted it feels secluded and private. Jeff Poppen loves to grow garlic, and shares planting tips and favorite varieties. Tammy Algood discusses pruning young blueberry shrubs for good fruit production later on. Troy Marden tours a rose lover's garden.

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Creating a private

Creating a private, secluded backyard

These homeowners are indeed landscape designers, and plant people. Annette Shrader takes us through the gate to find a densely planted backyard retreat that will have one thinking there are no neighbors. The reality is that there are neighbors on all sides. A great selection of trees, shrubs and perennials accent the ponds and sitting spots. Themed garden areas make a visitor feel as if they are a world away from the busy city when in fact it is just minutes from the urban core.

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.