Episode 3012

Volunteer Gardener

March 24, 2022

Season 30 | Episode 12

If you want something unique for a home landscape, and you'd prefer low-maintenance, then a pocket prairie could be the answer. Troy Marden explores this concept in native landscaping. Jeff Poppen demonstrates how to increase soil fertility with compost, and the use of cover crops. Sheri Gramer tours a mature hillside landscape featuring year round interest and rich color.

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Increasing Soil Fertility on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Increasing Soil Fertility

Jeff Poppen discusses simple and frugal ways to add soil fertility to a garden space. Using compost and cover crops bring rewards at harvest time year after year.

Pocket prairie on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Pocket prairie

A pocket prairie is a small handcrafted parcel that is dominated by grasses and forbs. Troy Marden visits Mike Berkley of Growild Inc to learn the various plants that are recommended, their growth requirements, and the maintenance recommended.

Nature's Way to Garden on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Nature’s Way to Garden

Sheri Gramer strolls through the mountain top garden of an experienced grower. Rich color is seen in the selection of trees, there is year-round interest in the ornamental beds, and sustainable gardening methods are evident in the vegetable garden.