Recent Volunteer Gardener Clips
Colorful Canvas on a Hillside
October 05, 2023
We are introduced to a gardener with a 'can do' spirit. She meets the challenge of growing in various micro-climates among the various border beds. Her backyard has a significant downhill slope, so she terraced it and planted it with pretty perennials and annuals.
Regenerative gardening practices
September 28, 2023
We learn about healthy fertile soil on a visit to Red Thread Farm, a micro family farm in Franklin TN. There's no mechanized tillage that happens here, just a liberal use of broadforks. Keeping the soil covered is a priority, either with a thick mulch or cover crops. And there's no commercial pesticide use on the premises. All methods used are meant to enhance microbial activity in the soil, and in turn, produce nutrient-rich vegetables.
Growing Cherry Tomatoes for Market
September 14, 2023
Jeff Poppen learns the methods necessary for growing a successful crop of cherry tomatoes in a market garden greenhouse. Bloomsbury Farm in Smyrna TN uses mulched leaves as compost to improve the soil structure. They use the Florida weave trellising system for some varieties, while with others the Lower and Lean Method is used.
Native Trees with Fall Brilliance
September 07, 2023
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, near Nashville Tennessee, is certified a Level III arboretum. Host April Moore tours the grounds to spotlight some grand specimens with beautiful autumn color. The arboretum boasts nearly 100 trees, including 6 nearly 200 year old cedar trees, 19 species of oak trees, and 5 species of hickory trees.