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‘Volunteer Gardener’ November in the Garden: Cold-weather Prep

Posted by on November 19, 2019 at 1:34 pm

By Laura Bigbee-Fott Most of you have probably already received a killing frost. Much of the flowers and foliage that looked so jubilant a few weeks ago (think: dahlias!) are now sad and dead-looking. Not to worry, all your perennials are now busy doing very important work underground –some above ground. Roots are growing, new […]

‘Volunteer Gardener’ October in the Garden: Dahlia Season

Posted by on October 17, 2019 at 9:00 am

Master Gardener Laura Bigbee-Fott discusses preparing dahlias, the divas of the garden, for winter in the latest blog. “Volunteer Gardener” airs 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and 9:30 a.m. Sundays.

‘Volunteer Gardener’ September in the Garden: Botanical Names

Posted by on September 24, 2019 at 2:06 pm

By Laura Bigbee-Fott Have you ever felt completely lost when trying to decipher the Latin (and/or Greek) botanical names of plants? When I first started my flower farm, I made myself read and memorize every botanical name for every species I grew. It made my brain hurt, but after a while, I started noticing similarities […]

‘Volunteer Gardener’ August in the Garden: Seed-Starting Tips

Posted by on August 13, 2019 at 10:14 am

By Laura Bigbee-Fott August is a great time to start seedlings for next year’s blooms. You can start hardy annuals now, as well as perennials and biennials. You can even still plant some hybrid sunflowers that will bloom this fall! Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) There are two varieties, Jua Maya and Cherry Rose, touted as having […]

‘Volunteer Gardener’ Summer in the Garden: How to Mend a Garden Hose

Posted by on July 8, 2019 at 9:49 am

By Laura Bigbee-Fott The summer my son learned to use our big riding lawn mower, we began having to replace hoses on an almost weekly basis. Having mowing help was great, but it was starting to become expensive! We have almost an acre cultivated in cut flowers and every 5,000 square-foot bed is irrigated with […]

‘Volunteer Gardener’ Spring in the Garden: Turning Lawns into Gardens

Posted by on May 14, 2019 at 11:04 am

By Laura Bigbee-Fott Are you tired of mowing? Would you rather grow food and flowers than Bermuda grass? Well, you’re not alone! There are lots of folks out there doing just that. In fact, on my farm I have turned previously bulldozed, hard pan clay into lovely, friable, healthy soil. This time around I’ll cover […]

‘Volunteer Gardener’ March in the Garden: Seed Starting 101

Posted by on March 15, 2019 at 8:00 am

By Laura Bigbee-Fott A series of guest-written gardening blogs to inspire fans of NPT’s Volunteer Gardener and anyone looking for tips and ideas for happier, healthier gardens. March is when we start seeing signs that spring is near. It is when gardeners begin champing at the bit to get outside (if they weren’t already) and […]

‘Volunteer Gardener’ February in the Garden: Tool Roundup

Posted by on February 22, 2019 at 11:26 am

By Laura Bigbee-Fott A series of guest-written gardening blogs to inspire fans of NPT’s Volunteer Gardener and anyone looking for tips and ideas for happier, healthier gardens. February is an in between month: not really spring yet, but also not the depths of winter ‒ at least not here in the South with daffodils coming […]

‘Volunteer Gardener’ tips for a head start on spring

Posted by on January 11, 2019 at 8:00 am

By Laura Bigbee-Fott This is the first of a series of guest-written gardening blogs to inspire fans of NPT’s Volunteer Gardener and anyone looking for tips and ideas for happier, healthier gardens. January is named for the Roman god Janus, whose purview was beginnings, endings and the transitions between the two. That’s especially apt here […]

‘HomeGrown,’ a Volunteer Gardener Special, Premieres Aug. 10

Posted by on August 4, 2017 at 10:32 am

Here’s something to help your garden grow: A Volunteer Gardener special full of tips shared by experienced gardeners from across Tennessee. The 90-minute program premieres Thursday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m. during our August Membership Campaign. Jeff Poppen and Annette Shrader host from Poppen’s Long Hungry Creek Farm in Red Boiling Springs. The Aug. 10th […]