Recent Volunteer Gardener Clips

Pollinators welcome in this garden on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Pollinators welcome in this garden

September 02, 2021

Troy Marden, knowing how gardens evolve, checks back in at a home garden in Nashville. Updates include the instillation of a lot of lilies, bog gardens, and milkweeds to support pollinators.

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Farm in the City 2021 on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Farm in the City 2021

September 02, 2021

Tammy Algood visits the community garden near downtown Nashville known as Farm in the City. Established in 2010 by Metro Development and Housing Agency, it offers more than 50 raised beds that are open to residents of the J. Henry Hale Apartments as well as the greater community. While this spot didn't start with good soil, there is a concentrated effort to build good soil which supports a food forest and orchard.

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Seed Saving on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Seed Saving

September 02, 2021

Jeff Poppen shows us a variety of seeds that are pretty simple to harvest and store. Kale, beans, peanuts and pumpkins are some that are discussed.

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An appreciation for the beauty of garden plants on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

An appreciation for the beauty of garden plants

August 26, 2021

Host Sheri Gramer tours the home landscape of a life-long gardener who plants the tried and true, but enjoys experimenting with new plants too.

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To me

To me, the garden is magical

August 26, 2021

Annette Shrader introduces us to a gardener who chooses to grow vegetables in raised beds. She began with 8, and it wasn't long before she had more than doubled that. This garden is so charming, visitors love to linger.

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Freia Farm: Small Intensive Agriculture Farm on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Freia Farm: Small Intensive Agriculture Farm

August 26, 2021

An enthusiastic pair of young farmers focus on building the soil, knowing it will pay off year after year. There's is a no till farm. Their market garden business practice wants to be very accessible and affordable. They have chosen a more flexible business model than a traditional member-based, weekly delivery CSA.

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Pretty Plant Combinations and Stunning Blooms on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Pretty Plant Combinations and Stunning Blooms

August 05, 2021

This home garden was designed and installed by hard-working and talented homeowners. Host Annette Shrader marvels at the variety of plants, the multitude of vibrant bloom colors, and the gorgeous roses. We get some good growing tips too!

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Hardscape and Landscape: From Conceptualization to Completion on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Hardscape and Landscape: From Conceptualization to Completion

August 05, 2021

Host Tammy Algood tours a well-planned, well-executed, tree-filled outdoor space that is simply spectacular. And it was all done by the talented and hard-working homeowners.

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The Joy in Seeing a Garden Grow on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

The Joy in Seeing a Garden Grow

July 29, 2021

There are so many lovely vignettes, places to sit and reflect, and a seemingly endless array of plants to enjoy in this mature home landscape. Tammy Algood introduces us to this gardener with a love for nature and a great eye for garden design. You'll want to take notes!

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Growing Health Orchids on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Growing healthy orchids

July 22, 2021

Orchids are popular house plants and can produce beautiful blooms over many years, if they receive the proper care. Annette Shrader sets out to de-mystify orchid growing with an orchid hobbyist and member of the Orchid Society of Middle Tennessee. Growing medium, proper watering and fertilization, re-potting, pests + solutions are all discussed.

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Straw Bale Gardening on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Straw Bale Gardening

July 15, 2021

Necessity is the mother of invention for this gardener who has no yard that gets enough sun for a garden. Instead, she gardens in straw bales on the driveway.

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Growing Pecans on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Growing Pecans

July 15, 2021

More folks are growing their own food these days, so perhaps a nut crop could fit into the home landscape. Tammy Algood goes to Bethpage TN to learn about seed germination, what's needed for good pollination, and expectations of yield over the course of the tree's life (which can be 150 years).

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