Beginning Gardener Fundamentals
Essential principles to know for creating a thriving garden.
Join me as I walk you through the basics on healthy soil, planting basics, watering techniques, composting 101, raised bed and other gardening methods, 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 key fundamentals, and I've got you covered here in the Essential Gardening Fundamentals course presented by joe gardener Online Gardening Academy™.
Joe Lamp’l (aka joe gardener® and founder of joegardener.com) is 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. A 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 deeply committed to “growing a greener world” through his television series, websites, podcasts, online learning, books (including The Green Gardener’s Guide), and more.
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to the course sections - and the bonus materials (including the private course-members-only Facebook group) for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
"My wife and I are taking your course. I'm writing to let you know how worthwhile I think this project is. That great information like this can live on and in such a usable format is just amazing. We look forward to the second course too (in the future). Kudos to you." - Jim Peterson, Publisher, Garden Design Magazine
"For the first time ever, I have a garden I can be proud of. I give all of the credit to your online class and the never ending amount of information you provide. Thanks Joe!" - David S., South Carolina
"I have taken many on-line study courses and this one was by far one of the best ones in terms of content and format. Great job!!!! Enjoyed it thoroughly." - Kathy H. - Georgia
"I'm no longer afraid to try something, and I now know I need to test my soil. This year's crop will be better than all the rest. You did everything that helped me. I've been trying to grow food for over ten years, and I would end up with everything dying. You taught me to make a good soil, and it is not going to cost me an arm and a leg to get our food grown. I cannot thank you enough for what you taught me. I was a hit and miss gardener, and you have given me enough knowledge to know which way I should do things to get a great garden. Thank you Joe!!!" - Donna J. - Arkansas
"This course was so informative and so much fun! I looked forward to each module! Can't wait to join you again!" - Eileen D. - Virginia
"The Live Facebook Q&A really don't have a price - it would be too large. I am just very grateful. The empowerment I needed to START something I have only dreamed of one day trying." - Natalia S. - New Jersey
"The modules were great. A lot of information, well organized. I already go back and visit them. I didn't expect so much information that was new to me. The information is readily available and organized in a way where I don't have to search through my books or the internet. So easy to use. Your instructions are clear and organized. Your enthusiasm is wonderful - makes me want to go out and garden." - Devyn S. - Oregon
"It answered so many questions that I didn’t even know I had! It will definitely help me make more confident decisions when planning my garden this year." - Meghan H. - Tennessee
"Everything you've offered with this class has been top shelf, Joe! Well worth the investment already. I'm taking my time with the teachings and am discovering lotsa things that I've done wrong in the past that only got me 'meh' results. I guess I didn't know what I didn't know, but because your teaching was so thorough and well-rounded I learned a ton about things I never would have considered otherwise. I now know that some of these hidden nuggets will improve my gardening results tremendously. I felt like I got explanations for the 'whys' and 'hows' that made sense. Understanding the purpose behind doing things and implementing the right methods for your PARTICULAR garden is priceless." - Sandi G. - Illinois
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.
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StartWelcome to Module 3 (1:15)
StartLesson 01: Plant Basics: No Two Years Are the Same (1:46)
StartLesson 02: Annuals vs. Perennials (3:49)
StartLesson 03: Open Pollinated, Heirloom, and Hybrids (4:12)
StartLesson 04: Indeterminate vs. Determinate (2:22)
StartLesson 05: The Basics Plants Need to Thrive (1:58)
StartLesson 06: What to Look For When Shopping for Plants (11:30)
StartLesson 07: What to Look For When Buying Seeds (4:14)
StartLesson 08: Understanding Seed and Plant Labeling (1:21)
StartLesson 09: Timing: What to Know About Getting it Right (1:51)
StartLesson 10: Top Plant Picks for an Edible Garden (5:25)
StartLesson 11: Pollination Basics (2:19)
StartModule 3 Summary (0:37)
StartModule 3 Bonus 1 (PDF): Seed Catalog Recommendations
StartModule 3 Bonus 2 (Video): How to Make the Ultimate Tomato Cage