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Beginning Gardener Fundamentals

All the basics you need to know to create a healthy, productive vegetable garden.

Join me as I walk you through the basics on healthy soil, selecting plants, planting basics, watering techniques, composting 101, fertilizer fundamentals, the many benefits of mulch, and more. When you follow these fundamentals, your plants will be healthy and your garden will thrive - even when gardens around you are failing.

You don't need a green thumb to grow your own food! You just need to understand why these basics are important and how to implement them in your garden. As a TV host and recognized gardening expert for nearly two decades, I'm here to be your guide to make sure you finally succeed at and enjoy growing your own food.

In fact, I'm the guy that DIY Network picked out of a national search to teach their viewers (40 million of them), how to start and grow a successful vegetable garden. The success and popularity of the show far exceeded the network's expectations. It was originally scheduled for one-season but quickly grew to a 3-year series, with 52-episodes. During our third year, my Atlanta, GA area DIY Network garden was thriving and producing all kinds of food, even when most other gardens were failing due to particularly challenging crazy weather.

Yours can thrive too - in spite of Mother Nature's challenges. You just need to know the basics, and I've got you covered here in the Beginning Gardener Fundamentals course presented by joe gardener Online Gardening Academy™.


Your Instructor


Joe Lamp
Joe Lamp'l

Joe Lamp’l’s (aka joe gardener®) infatuation with gardening and nature began as a child. After a run-in with his parents’ favorite shrub, he panicked and jammed the broken branch into the ground. A few weeks later, it had taken root. Joe was not only relieved; he was also hooked on horticulture.

As one of the country’s most recognized and trusted personalities in gardening and green-living, that passion for living a greener life is evident to a nationwide audience who watches Joe in his current role as Creator, Executive Producer and Host of the Emmy Award-winning PBS series, Growing a Greener World® and previously as host of Fresh from the Garden on DIY Network and more. Joe also shares his know-how on NBC’s TODAY SHOW, ABC’s Good Morning America, The Weather Channel and through his popular books, podcast series (The joe gardener Show), and more.

Past awards include: The American Horticultural Society selected Joe as the recipient of the Society’s B.Y. Morrison Communication Award, which recognizes effective and inspirational communication—through print, radio, television, and online media. Multi-award winner for Best On-Air Talent for Television by the Garden Writers Association, and The Taste Awards for, Breakout Storyteller of the Year, and Best Environmental Television, Series, Film or Video and Best Branded Television Series in 2016.

Joe is also the founder and “Joe” behind joegardener.com – one of the most comprehensive sites on the web for all-things gardening. Its focus is on how-to videos, podcasts and blog posts around the most popular topics gardeners want to know.

Joe is deeply committed to “growing a greener world” through his television series, websites, podcasts, books (including The Green Gardener’s Guide) and more.


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These are just a few of my 16 raised beds in my Atlanta-area garden. I grow in and harvest from these beds 12 months out of the year.

"Joe is entertaining, positive and shares information that you can actually use and benefit from."

- Kevin O.

"Joe is incredibly knowledgeable with years of gardening experience. He presents information in an easy to digest and interesting way. He is gracious when answering questions and never comes off as condescending or like he has all the answers. I can't wait to use what I have learned."

- Daniel S.

"Joe you have a way of explaining gardening that the novice as well as the experienced gardener can understand and implement."

- Mamosa M.

"I’ve always wanted to have a garden to grow my own food. But never having a mentor or someone to show me the ropes, I always felt like it was more than I could take on. I worried that the time and money invested in starting a garden and growing my own food would be a total waste, and that buying my produce at the store would just have to be the way it was for me.

My biggest obstacle to starting was just not knowing where to begin. How to wade through the sea of choices and filter out the noise of all the overwhelm of products and information and options for everything from what’s the best dirt to use (I now know it’s soil!) to where to put my garden, what to grow and how to grow it and keep it healthy.

The information you provided was everything I had hoped for and more to finally feel like I had the information I needed to take the plunge. I finally felt confident and equipped with all the information I needed to get started. This past season I finally did it! My first garden ever thrived beyond even my most ambitious expectations!

While everything was new to me throughout this first season, I still felt like I had the tools that I needed to work through the occasional challenges that came up. And thank you for encouraging me to start off growing my garden organically. That was always the plan but added to the hesitation and sense of overwhelm of not knowing how to add that to the mix.

I’m happy to report that I’m starting my second season of growing this year, and this time, I can’t wait to get started. I now have a small house and yard, and two young boys to share this experience with. Besides all the fun spending time in the garden, I can’t tell you how good it feels to know that I’m growing the food organically that I’m feeding my family. Words just can’t describe the feeling of joy and empowerment that gives me.

Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge with me (and others), and finally giving me the confidence and encouragement I needed to do what I’ve been dreaming about for years.

- Steve B. "New lifetime Gardener"

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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course will open Saturday, Jan. 26th with the release of the first 2 modules. More modules will be released every Saturday through Feb. 16th - for a total of 9 modules. As the modules are released, you can move through them at your own pace. You can take as long as you need to complete the modules - but don't wait too long. Get out there and garden this season!
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and provide us the completed worksheets (these are short worksheets provided with each module) and answer a brief survey to help us learn why you don't feel this worked for you. We will give you a full refund.
Will I receive bonus materials or anything else as part of this course?
Yes! You will receive bonus materials - including how-to videos (like the DIY project to create a durable, sturdy and nice-looking tomato cage) and a printable e-book on raised bed gardening. Also - You will receive access to my new, private Facebook group exclusively for members of this course. I'll be there often to answer any specific questions you have as you move through the course - and I'll continue to be there to answer your questions throughout the season and beyond. I can't wait for you to begin to post pictures of your thriving garden and the food you've grown!
How long does each module last?
Each module lasts 15 to 35 minutes.
I've never had a "green thumb" - Is this course for me?
Absolutely! You can do this! Once you understand the fundamental principles I teach in this course - and just as importantly - the "Why" behind the importance of these steps, You can grow your own food from your very own healthy, productive vegetable garden.
I don't have much space. Is this course for me?
Yes - This course discusses container gardening. Just about any vegetable or fruit can be grown in a container. The course also teaches other creative small space options. Limited space does not need to stop you from growing your own food!
I'm an experienced gardener. Is this course for me?
Likely not. If you've been gardening a few years but haven't had much success, then the fundamentals in this course will make you a better, more confident gardener. However if you've been gardening for many years, this information in this course may be too basic for you. Watch for future classes which will teach at a more advanced level.
What if I still have garden questions after going through the course?
Join me in my new, private Facebook group exclusively for members of this course! I'll be there often to answer those questions as you move through the course. Just as importantly - I'll continue to be there to answer your questions throughout the season and beyond. We'll be going through this journey together.
How is this course different than other online courses I've seen?
What makes this course unique is that it is created and taught by the one person, me - Joe Lamp'l, who has been teaching millions of people for over fifteen years - through television and online - how to successfully start and grow a vegetable garden. Plus, you'll have direct access to me in the private, course-members-only Facebook group, set up just for this purpose. So, you can get answers throughout the season. You can't get that anywhere else. This course will more than pay for itself in just the first year with my money-saving tips, and because you'll know which products you need and which you don't.
What if I don't use Facebook?
There are comments areas for each section of the course. If you prefer not to join me in the private Facebook group, you can ask any questions within the course page, here, and I'll be sure to answer. I'll be checking for posted questions throughout the growing season. If you ever do decide to join me live in Facebook, you will be welcome anytime!

Here's a fun video I found from my $25 Garden Challenge days. I hope you enjoy it!