Episode 3217

Volunteer Gardener

April 25, 2024

Season 32 | Episode 17

We tour a home garden that is a thoughtfully planned out space where the pathways, lighting, irrigation and drainage infrastructure was installed well before the first plant went in the ground. Then April Moore visits the greenhouses at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage to see what plants they propagate from cuttings. Jeff Poppen shares growing tips and trusted varieties of peppers and eggplant.

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Greenhouse Operations on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Greenhouse Operations

April Moore visits the greenhouse at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage to learn about their propagation efforts. In the fall, most of the propagation is from cuttings. Then in January they begin propagating from seed. The new plants are used both in the landscape beds onsite, and also for the annual plant sales.

The plan

The plan, the infrastructure, then the plants

This home garden features a variety of annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees that flow nicely through multiple beds. But this wasn't by happenstance. This garden took a lot of planning and prep work before the first plant went in. First the hardscape was laid, then the electrical support went in along with drainage and irrigation elements. This garden is pretty during the day, and beautiful at night.

Peppers and Eggplants on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Peppers and Eggplants

Organic market gardener Jeff Poppen discusses this year's crops of peppers and eggplant.