Growing Epic Tomatoes

Learn how to grow epic tomatoes with Joe Lamp'l and Craig LeHoullier.

Join Joe Lamp'l and Craig LeHoullier and learn how to plant, grow, care for, and harvest your own epic tomatoes. In this practical hands-on course with Joe and Craig as your guide, you'll learn everything you need to know to have your best tomato growing season yet.

Joe and Craig will be growing their tomatoes right along with you and sharing those experiences in the course as they go. All of their tomato growing successes and time-tested tips as well as the challenges that Mother Nature throws their way - they'll share it all in over 10 modules as they walk you through the entire growing season through videos, photos, live Q&A sessions, and a private student-only Facebook group.

Tomatoes are one of the most loved crops that gardeners grow, but they are also the most challenging. Below are some of the skills you'll learn in Growing Epic Tomatoes.

  • Planning your garden to create the best environment possible for growing tomatoes.
  • Starting your tomato seeds and caring for those seedlings until they are ready for the garden.
  • How to set your tomatoes up for success by mastering the essential hardening off process.
  • How to transplant tomato seedlings to ensure they grow strong and healthy.
  • Battling pests and diseases when they come - and they will come!
  • The best time to harvest your tomatoes before birds and other critters do.
  • How to save seeds from your favorite varieties and store them to grow out next year.
  • How to preserve the harvest and enjoy your homegrown tomatoes after the season is over.

Joe and Craig will be in the course on a regular basis answering your questions and sharing their expertise in the course comment forum. There you'll be able to share your photos and get one-on-one advice and mentoring from two of the country's most well-known and trusted gardening educators.

Plus each week, Joe and Craig will be answering student questions in a Q&A webinar format that you can participate in live and refer back to over and over again.

When you enroll, the first 5 modules will be in the course ready for you to dive in with more modules coming throughout the season. And like other courses in the Online Gardening Academy™, you get lifetime access to the content. You can log in at any time and work through the material at your own pace.

Meet Your Instructors

Joe Lamp'l

Joe Lamp’l (aka joe gardener® and founder of 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.

Craig LeHoullier

Craig LeHoullier lives and gardens in Hendersonville, North Carolina (as of January 2020; prior to that, he and his wife and pets resided in Raleigh, NC, for 28 years). A Rhode Island native, he caught the gardening passion from his grandfather, Walter, and dad, Wilfred. Craig achieved his Ph.D. in chemistry at Dartmouth College, which resulted in a 25-year career in pharmaceuticals that ended in 2008. Craig's gardening obsession, which started the year he and Susan were married (and their first garden, in 1981), is passing through several stages. His love of heirloom tomatoes began with his joining the Seed Savers Exchange, an organization for which he continues to serve as an adviser for tomatoes, in 1986. He is responsible for naming and popularizing many well-known tomatoes, such as Cherokee Purple. In 2005 he added amateur tomato breeding to his garden resume and continues to co-lead the Dwarf Tomato Breeding project, responsible for creating 125 (and counting) new compact growing varieties for space-challenged gardeners. His writing career kicked off with a 2012 request from Storey Publishing to write a book on tomatoes, resulting in Epic Tomatoes (2015). His second book, Growing Vegetables in Straw bales, soon followed (2016). Book 3, focusing on the Dwarf Tomato Breeding Project, is in progress and should be completed during 2020 as a self-published creation. Craig is a popular lecturer across the country at major gardening events, as well as a frequent guest on podcasts and radio shows. His current and upcoming projects include a self-published garden cookbook, a weekly Instagram Live each Friday at 3 PM Eastern from his garden, and additional opportunities on podcasts, webinars, and speaking opportunities, as they arise.

This course is not currently open for enrollment.

Here's what students of other courses in the Online Gardening Academy™ have to say...

"It's a lifetime membership and awesome! And the private Facebook group is my favorite group on any social media platform"

- dardendocnc

"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.

"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 P.

"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

"I can not 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."

- Donna J.

Course Curriculum

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
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 15 days and we will give you a full refund.
What if I still have tomato growing questions after going through the course?
You can ask follow-up questions all through the season within the course website forum. You'll learn from being part of this community as you read the answers to questions from other gardeners too.
How is this course different than other online courses I've seen?
What makes this course unique is that it's a comprehensive course on everything you need to know to grow tomatoes successfully. It was built by and is being co-taught by both Joe Lamp'l and Craig LeHoullier. Joe has been teaching millions of people how to grow plants and garden organically for nearly 20 years - through television and online. Craig is the author of the book Growing Epic Tomatoes and one of the most recognized speakers and educators on growing tomatoes in the country. You can get answers and advice throughout the season in the course forum from both of these knowledgable instructors. You can't get that anywhere else.
I'm an experienced gardener. Is this course for me?
Yes. This course is designed for gardeners of ALL levels. It takes you through and beyond the basics to some deeper principles of growing tomatoes.
I don't use Facebook and don't plan to. Can I still benefit from this course?
Absolutely! Many of our students choose not to participate in the student-only Facebook group. That does not limit their access to any of the course content, bonuses, live Q&A sessions, or the course forum where Joe and Craig will be answering questions all season long.

This course is not currently open for enrollment.