Episode 3021

Volunteer Gardener

May 26, 2022

Season 30 | Episode 21

Troy Marden profiles some cold hardy succulents that you can grow indoors or out. Annette Shrader explores the concept of a food forest in this backyard permaculture garden that provides abundant food while keeping harmful insects at bay. Marty DeHart knows voles can be a nuisance, eating more than 300 varieties of garden plants. She profiles a vole deterrent that's used during planting time.

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Vole deterrent on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Vole deterrent

Voles are known for eating the roots of plants, consuming spring bulbs and tubers underground, and for chewing on the bark of trees and shrubs. Marty DeHart highlights a product that is used in the planting stage to create a barrier around plant roots.

Food forest - permaculture methods on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Food forest – permaculture methods

Annette Shrader visits with an experienced gardener who adheres to the methods of permaculture. All of the plants in his vast backyard are part of a food forest, and each plant contributes in some way to the good of the whole. Food guilds, trap plants, green manure, and chop+drop plants are discussed, along with how they make edible plants thrive.

Cold Hardy Succulents on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Cold Hardy Succulents

Jumping cactus, prickly pear, and hens and chicks plants are cold hardy succulents that can be grown outdoors in USDA Zone 7. Troy Marden learns what it takes, or doesn't take, to have these plants fare well year round.