Recent Volunteer Gardener Clips

Growing Peanuts on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Growing Peanuts

May 06, 2021

Jeff Poppen shares the history of the peanut and its rise to fame on the American farm. He discusses how to grow peanuts successfully, from the soil pH to the hilling. Jeff is thrilled about the resurgence of a treasured heirloom variety, Tennessee Red Mammoth, currently in production at Green Door Gourmet in Nashville TN.

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Garden Supports in the Vegetable Garden on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Garden Supports in the Vegetable Garden

May 06, 2021

Tammy Algood takes us through her vegetable beds to show us the frugal and very practical supports she has fashioned for tomatoes, cucumbers and peas. By using these structures, plants are allowed to grow to their potential and the gardener has an easier path to picking.

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Clematis Collection on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Clematis Collection

April 29, 2021

While some clematis have eye-catching big blooms, there's also varieties with small showy blooms in abundance. Troy Marden visits with an avid gardener who shares her collection of clematis from the Viticella group.

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Staghorn Fern Collection on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Staghorn Fern Collection

April 29, 2021

Annette Shrader visits a plantsman that has a collection of staghorn ferns that include both 'antler' frond and shield frond varieties. This impressive collection of epiphytes represent native regions around the globe. This discussion encompasses plant culture, growth habit, propagation, and recommended care.

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Crape Myrtle Bark Scale on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Crape Myrtle Bark Scale

April 29, 2021

David Cook, UT agriculture extension agent for Davidson County TN, explains the non-native scale that poses a serious threat to Southern Crape Myrtles. The nymphs produce a large amount of honeydew that drips down the trunk, branches, leaves, and ground below. That substance then accumulates sooty mold. While not fatal, it makes the infested trees an eyesore in the landscape.

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Homeowner Responsibilities toward Healthy Waterways on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Homeowner Responsibilities toward Healthy Waterways

April 15, 2021

Julie Berbiglia talks with Ryan Jackwood, Director of Watershed Science & Restoration about what the positive impact that a mindful homeowner can have on our waterways. From lawn care choices, garden fertilizers and even washing your car - all can be done in a way that is more environmentally friendly.

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Cul2Vate on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Cul2Vate

April 08, 2021

Julie Berbiglia visits the Cul2Vate farm in Nashville TN. This non-profit seeks to feed the hungry by growing food and growing people. First, Cul2vate grows and delivers fresh, nutritional local produce to those in need. Second, Cul2vate offers assistance to those in need of a second chance through job readiness, life skills, and business training with the goal of helping individuals find full-time employment.

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An Enchanting Garden Space on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

An Enchanting Garden Space

April 08, 2021

Sheri Gramer enjoys this mature landscape that has a charming water feature, a fairy house, a variety of ferns, wildflowers and hydrangea.

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A Plant's Best Friend on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

A Plant’s Best Friend

April 01, 2021

Annette Shrader visits with a nurturing gardener who proclaims to be the best friend a plant could have. She can't let a single one fade. We tour her home garden to see her prized trees, perennials and fruit producers.

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Joe Smith Floral Design Gallery @ Nashville Lawn and Garden Show on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Joe Smith Floral Design Gallery @ Nashville Lawn and Garden Show

April 01, 2021

Troy Marden takes us along for the inaugural show at the Joe Smith Floral Design Gallery at the 2020 Nashville Lawn and Garden Show. 'Flowers in Focus' is the theme and local floral designers have submitted some innovative designs.

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Growing Carrots on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Growing Carrots

April 01, 2021

Jeff Poppen has grown a lot of carrot crops over the years. He shares his experience and knowledge as to the soil preparation, the planting, and good varieties to grow.

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Fruit Tree Pruning on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Fruit Tree Pruning

March 25, 2021

"I've yet to see a fruit tree that was over-pruned", says Dave Lockwood, Fruit & Nuts Crop Specialist with UT Extension. Dave demonstrates how he'd approach the pruning of an 'Intrepid' peach tree to open it up to sunlight, increase air circulation, and allow the tree to produce bigger, better fruit.

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