Season 1

Enjoy the many stories of life in the South with Simply Southern.


Original air date: January 4, 2015
Rerun date: April 5, 2015

Episode 1: Vulcan

  • The Vulcan Statue in Birmingham, Jefferson County
  • Mobile Dairy Classroom
  • Alabama’s Outstanding Young Farm Family – Paul and Vicki Morrison of Dale County
  • Using herbs for a delicious pork dish from Bonnie Plants

Original air date: January 11, 2015
Rerun date: April 12, 2015

Episode 2: Shrimp

  • Shrimp Harvest at Odom Farms in Boligee, Greene County
  • Peinhardt Living History Farm in Cullman, Cullman County
  • Rock Bridge Canyon Equestrian Park in Hodges, Franklin County
  • Tips for picking the location of your backyard garden from Bonnie Plants

Original air date: January 18, 2015
Rerun date: April 19, 2015

Episode 3: Oakville Indian Mounds

  • Oakville Indian Mounds in Danville, Lawrence County
  • National Peanut Festival in Dothan, Houston County
  • Rainbow Omega in Eastaboga, Talladega County
  • Salad recipe from Bonnie Plants

Original air date: January 25, 2015
Rerun date: April 26, 2015

Episode 4: Fred the Dog

  • Fred the Town Dog in Rockford, Clay County
  • Hog on the Range in Florence, Lauderdale County
  • Legendary Auburn University football coach Pat Dye’s Japanese maple trees at Quail Hollow Gardens in Notasulga, Lee County
  • Part 1 of Behind the Scenes at Bonnie Plants

Original air date: February 1, 2015
Rerun date: May 3, 2015

Episode 5: Fainting Goats

  • Fainting goats at Lickskillet Acres Farm in Adger, Jefferson County
  • Livestock shows at the Alabama National Fair in Montgomery, Montgomery County
  • Impressible Minis in Wilmer, Mobile County
  • Part 2 of Behind the Scenes at Bonnie Plants

Original air date: February 8, 2015
Rerun date: May 10, 2015

Episode 6: Museum of Alabama

  • Museum of Alabama at the State Department of Archives and History in Montgomery, Montgomery County
  • Ag in Action trailer in north Alabama
  • Alabama’s 2014 Farm of Distinction – Hunter Trees in Alpine, Talladega County
  • Using the Bonnie Plants website to plan your garden

Original air date: February 15, 2015
Rerun date: May 17, 2015

Episode 7: DeSoto Caverns

  • DeSoto Caverns in Childersburg, Talladega County
  • Cullman County Museum in Cullman
  • Repopulating quail at Pinthlocco Plantation in Coosa County
  • Planting in a raised bed from Bonnie Plants

Original air date: February 22, 2015
Rerun date: May 24, 2015

Episode 8: Hummingbirds

  • Hummingbird research in Lauderdale County
  • Outdoor Classroom at East Lawrence Middle School in Trinity, Lawrence County
  • Middleton Dairy Farm along the Alabama/Mississippi border in Moss Point near Mobile County
  • Decoding common gardening terms from Bonnie Plants

Original air date: March 1, 2015
Rerun date: May 31, 2015

Episode 9: Sloss Furnaces

  • Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Jefferson County
  • Humble Heart Farms goat dairy in Elkmont, Limestone County
  • Alabama Rural Crime Unit
  • Picking the perfect pepper from Bonnie Plants

Original air date: March 8, 2015
Rerun date: June 7, 2015

Episode 10: Black Belt Garden

  • Black Belt Garden at University of West Alabama in Livingston, Sumter County
  • Alabama 4-H Chick Chain Project in northeast Alabama
  • Alabama Agriculture Economic Impact Study
  • Meet Georgia’s winner of the Bonnie Plants’ Cabbage Program

Original air date: March 15, 2015
Rerun date: June 14, 2015

Episode 11: Ivy Green

  • Helen Keller’s childhood home, Ivy Green, in Tuscumbia, Colbert County
  • Native American Festival at Moundville, Hale/Tuscaloosa counties
  • Poultry farmers and lower propane prices in Limestone County
  • Determinate vs. indeterminate tomatoes from Bonnie Plants

Original air date: March 22, 2015
Rerun date: June 21, 2015

Episode 12: Wellborn Muscle Car Museum

  • Wellborn Muscle Car Museum in Alexander City, Tallapoosa County
  • Clean Campus Program through Alabama PALS at Harmony School in Logan, Cullman County
  • Alabama Ag in the Classroom Summer Institute in Birmingham, Jefferson County
  • Growing plants from seed vs. propagating them from clippings from Bonnie Plants

Original air date: March 29, 2015
Rerun date: June 28, 2015

Episode 13: The Wall

  • Wichapi Commemorative Stone Wall, built by Tom Hendrix as a memorial to his Native American great-great grandmother, in Florence, Lauderdale County
  • Auburn University’s Judging Clinics in Auburn, Lee County
  • Direct meat sales with the Henry family in Pintlala, Montgomery County
  • Bonnie Plants app – Homegrown with Bonnie Plants

Original air date: July 5, 2015
Rerun date: October 4, 2015

Episode 14: Miracle

  • Miracle Pottery in Valley Head, DeKalb County
  • Mechanics classes at George H. Bryant Career Technical Center in Irvington, Mobile County
  • Spring rain delays and changes planting in Lawrence and Limestone counties
  • Studio gardening questions with Sidney Phelps of Bonnie Plants

Original air date: July 12, 2015
Rerun date: October 11, 2015

Episode 15: K9 Academy

  • AMK9 police dog training in Anniston, Calhoun County
  • Fatal Vision, a program to discourage drunk and distracted driving in Baldwin County
  • Wild hogs and agricultural damage
  • Bonnie Plants Test Garden in Union Springs, Bullock County

Original air date: July 19, 2015
Rerun date: October 18, 2015

Episode 16: Local Joe’s

  • Local Joe’s in Rainbow City, Etowah County
  • Award-winning Red Bay High School FFA String Band in Red Bay, Franklin County
  • The SLE Rodeo and Junior Beef Expo in Montgomery, Montgomery County
  • Keeping plants alive during hot summers

Original air date: July 26, 2015
Rerun date: October 25, 2015

Episode 17: Decoys

  • Duck decoys with Jason Russell of Gadsden, Etowah County
  • Gulf Coast Zoo in Gulf Shores, Baldwin County
  • Backyard Orchards in Eufaula, Barbour County
  • Picking sweet or spicy peppers

Original air date: August 2, 2015
Rerun date: November 1, 2015

Episode 18: Back 40

  • Back 40 Brewing Company in Gadsden, Etowah County
  • Wetumpka High School’s Bass Fishing Team on Lake Jordan, Elmore County
  • Honeybees and agriculture with Phillip Garrison of GoldVine Farms in Cullman County
  • Simple pesto recipe from Bonnie Plants using fresh basil

Original air date: August 9, 2015
Rerun date: November 8, 2015

Episode 19: Buffalo Ranch

  • Boundary Line Bison Ranch in Piedmont, Calhoun County
  • 12-year old farmer James Calvert of Cullman County
  • Alabama Horse Fair in Montgomery, Montgomery County
  • Studio gardening questions with Sidney Phelps of Bonnie Plants

Original air date: August 16, 2015
Rerun date: November 15, 2015

Episode 20: Medical Museum

  • Mobile Medical Museum in Mobile, Mobile County
  • Miracle Rodeo in Montgomery, Montgomery County
  • Technology changes on farms over the last 50 years with Brandon Moore of Madison County
  • Compost and cleaning up your garden from Bonnie Plants

Original air date: August 23, 2015
Rerun date: November 22, 2015

Episode 21: Trick Roper

  • Cowboy Bruce Brannen and the 2B Wild West Show in Pike Road, Montgomery County
  • Blount County Farm Day in Blount County
  • Growing Golden Kiwis in Chilton County
  • Pepper Rings Recipe from Bonnie Plants

Original air date: August 30, 2015
Rerun date: November 29, 2015

Episode 22: Commodores

  • Commodores Museum in Tuskegee, Macon County
  • Alabama Sheriff’s Boys Ranch in Baldwin County
  • Giving Garden in Elba, Coffee County
  • Late-season tomatoes from Bonnie Plants

Original air date: September 6, 2015
Rerun date: December 6, 2015

Episode 23: Women’s Hall of Fame

  • Women’s Hall of Fame at Judson College in Marion, Perry County
  • Colbert County FFA Ag Day
  • Earthworm Four R Farms in Slocomb, Geneva County
  • Studio gardening questions with Sidney Phelps of Bonnie Plants

Original air date: September 13, 2015
Rerun date: December 13, 2015

Episode 24: Turkey Man

  • Hunting Legend Eddie Salter of Evergreen, Conecuh County
  • AREA Youth Tour in Washington, D.C.
  • Farm of Distinction winner Rickey Cornutt of Marshall County
  • Strawberries from Bonnie Plants

Original air date: September 20, 2015
Rerun date: December 20, 2015

Episode 25: HERO Bike

  • Hero Bike using bamboo in Greensboro, Hale County
  • Alabama Nature Center in Millbrook, Elmore County
  • Poultry genetics with Auburn University, Lee County
  • Pests in the garden from Bonnie Plants

Original air date: September 27, 2015
Rerun date: December 27, 2015

Episode 26: Custom Rifles

  • Backwater Custom Rifles in Livingston, Sumter County
  • Russellville City Schools Rocket Team – Team America Rocketry Challenge World Champions – Franklin County
  • Catfish Farmer of the Year Bill Kyser of Hale County
  • Grilled Tomato Salsa Recipe From Bonnie Plants