Recent Volunteer Gardener Clips

Clean Genes Farm on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Clean Genes Farm

September 30, 2021

Clean Genes Farm specializes in growing salad greens 365 days a year. And here on this family farm, efficiency is a must. Annette Shrader sees that first-hand in the seeding, the transplanting, and weed control.

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No Till Agriculture on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

No Till Agriculture

September 30, 2021

Tammy Algood explores the benefits of no till agriculture for both the farmer and the land. Hutchinson Farms has been at the forefront of this environmentally responsible production technique for three generations.

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Beekeeper + Flower Farmer on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Beekeeper + Flower Farmer

September 23, 2021

Sheri Gramer introduces us to the son of a grower who also feels compelled to grow. He decided to do annuals in a big way. They are beautiful to look at, and support the 25 beehives he maintains. Zinnias, cosmos and sunflowers thrive in this home garden on a grand scale.

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Blessings of a Community Garden on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Blessings of a Community Garden

September 23, 2021

Julie Berbiglia tours a new community garden on the grounds of St. John AME Church in Nashville TN. The church was working toward creating a commercial kitchen, but circumstances changed. In 2020, a tornado took out the church building, and then 2 weeks later the COVID protocols were established. Partnerships were formed, the plan pivoted in scope, and now the community has an inspiring and bountiful garden. All those in the neighborhood are invited to participate in its plantings and harvest.

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Accenting Mother Nature's Gifts on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Accenting Mother Nature’s Gifts

September 23, 2021

The prevalence of natural stone in this backyard could be daunting to a garden designer. However, this gardener has embraced the stone and accented its borders and even planted the crevices and craters.

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Southall Orchard on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Southall Orchard

September 23, 2021

More than 1500 apple trees representing 35 different cultivars grace this hillside at Southall Orchard in Franklin TN. Some are bred over generations for a unique flavor profile, some for ciders, for firmness or longevity. All of the trees are pruned in espalier form.

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American Heritage Trees on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

American Heritage Trees

September 16, 2021

Troy Marden tours a specialty nonprofit nursery which is dedicated to preserving and growing trees with historic lineage. It is located on a Century Farm in Lebanon TN that has been in the same family for more than 200 years.

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A Landscape with Visual Impact on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

A Landscape with Visual Impact

September 16, 2021

Annette Shrader is impressed by both the design abilities and the plant knowledge of this gardener in Summertown. The home landscape includes some spectacular specimens at front of the home, and a large border garden in the backyard.

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Blooming Joy Flower Co. on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Blooming Joy Flower Co.

September 16, 2021

Being on a flower farm is rejuvenating for the soul. Sheri Gramer is enjoying her visit to Blooming Joy Flower Co in Christiana TN where the blooms come in a wide array of colors, forms and size.

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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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