Growing Epic Tomatoes
Learn how to grow epic tomatoes with Joe Lamp'l and Craig LeHoullier.
Fresh, homegrown tomatoes are the ultimate goal for rookie gardeners and veteran green thumbs alike. But then there’s something greater: tomatoes that are better than beautiful, more than mouth-watering, and beyond even the best tomatoes you’ve ever grown.
We’re talking about growing epic tomatoes.
For the Growing Epic Tomatoes course, Joe is joined by world-renowned tomato grower Craig LeHouillier. Together, they’ll team up to give gardeners of all skill levels everything needed to plant, grow, maintain, and harvest tomatoes that truly live up to that billing.
Joe and Craig will be growing their own tomato crops right along with you, sharing their experiences and techniques with students throughout the entire growing season. All their successes, all their favorite tips and tricks, and all the challenges that Mother Nature throws in along the way - it's all part of the course curriculum, woven into ten info-packed learning modules that will help you bring your own garden to life through videos, photos, live Q&A sessions, and a 24/7 online community exclusive to Joe’s students.
Tomatoes are the number one vegetable crop for backyard gardeners, but they’re also the most challenging- and sometimes most frustrating- of them all, even for experienced growers! But through the Growing Epic Tomatoes course, you’ll learn:
- How proper garden planning can create the best possible growing environment… resulting in more prolific tomato plants and superior-tasting fruit
- How to start your own tomato plants from seed and nurture them along until they’re ready for the garden
- The easy (but essential) extra step you need to take a week to 10 days before planting to ensure your seedlings get off to the start once they’re in the ground
- The odd-looking method for transplanting that delivers a stronger and deeper root system and more tomatoes on your plants
- How to proactively prepare for pests and disease… and how to successfully manage them when they inevitably hit your tomatoes
- Secrets to harvesting the right way- and at the right time- that can save your tomatoes from being snatched by birds and other critters
- How to save seeds from your favorite tomato varieties and safely store them in anticipation of next year’s garden
- Time-tested and tasty ways to preserve the harvest and enjoy your homegrown tomatoes, even long after the season is over
That’s just a start. Joe and Craig will be diving into so much more with every lesson, answering your questions and sharing their decades of expertise as the plants get taller and fruit starts to set. You’ll get hands-on mentoring for your own tomato crop and personal instruction every step of the way from two of the country’s most recognized and trusted gardening educators. And each week through the growing season, Joe and Craig will host live Q&A webinars to answer all of your individual tomato questions and address your unique challenges.
The entire Growing Epic Tomatoes course- all 10 modules- will be ready for you as soon as you enroll, with bonus lessons to follow as the season goes on. That way, you can proceed through the information at your own pace- stopping, rewinding, pausing, and fast-forwarding through the tomato season as needed. And as with all courses in the Online Gardening Academy, you get lifetime access to the content: log in anytime, on any device you own, and use the invaluable resources again and again. This one set of lessons will make you a better, smarter, more confident gardener- next year, the year after that, and for every garden you grow from now on.
The best tomatoes you’ve ever grown are within the grasp of every backyard gardener out there, no matter how much space you have, no matter your growing conditions, whether this is your first time planting tomatoes or your hundredth. Anyone can grow tomatoes… but this is everything you need for Growing Epic Tomatoes.
This course is not currently open for enrollment.
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Meet Your Instructors
Joe Lamp’l (aka joe gardener® and founder of joegardener.com and the Online Gardening Academy) 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 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.
StartWelcome to Module 2 (0:48)
StartLesson 01: Defining Your Tomato Garden and Making Choices (4:33)
StartLesson 02: Understanding Hybrids, Heirlooms, Open-Pollinated, Oh My! (9:49)
StartLesson 03: Determinate, Indeterminate, and Dwarf Tomatoes; Decisions, Decisions (7:01)
PreviewLesson 04: Colors, Shapes, and Sizes: Looks Can Be Deceiving (2:08)
StartLesson 05: Flavor: What Makes a Tomato Taste Different From Another (5:20)
StartModule 2 Summary (0:36)
StartBonus: Joe & Craig's "Best of the Best" List
StartBonus: Craig's Top 10 Tastiest Tomatoes
StartWelcome to Module 3 (0:41)
StartLesson 01: Looking Back; What Worked, What Didn’t, and Why? (22:49)
StartLesson 02: Seeds vs. Seedlings: Reap What You Sow, or Take What You Get (7:51)
StartLesson 03: What Type of Garden and Where: Raised Beds, In-ground, Containers, Bales, & more (7:28)
StartLesson 04: Sources for Seeds; Catalogs, Seed Banks, Seed Libraries, and more (14:40)
StartLesson 05: Seed Starting Supplies: Soil, Containers, Lights, and More - Pt. 1 (17:03)
StartLesson 06: Seed Starting Supplies: Soil, Containers, Lights, and More - Pt. 2 (17:31)
StartLesson 07: Seed Starting Supplies: Soil, Containers, Lights, and More - Pt. 3 (15:52)
StartLesson 08: Planning for Your Space to Grow (3:49)
StartLesson 09: Timing: When to Sow, Transplant, and Harden Off for a Life Outside (6:46)
StartModule 3 Summary (0:34)
StartBonus: Joe & Craig's Favorite Tomato Seed Sources
StartBonus: Tomato Seed Starting Supplies Checklist & Discount Code
StartBonus: Tomatoes By Region and Type
Here's what a few students of Growing Epic Tomatoes have to say about the course...
"This course has already greatly exceeded my expectations. I very much appreciate all that has gone into making such an excellent resource. Thank you!"
- Jennifer G.
"Just want to say FANTASTIC!!! I am only starting the 3rd module and already am enjoying it. You and Craig are "A Match Made In The Garden". The presentation is set in such a casual manor, yet informative that I am learning without having to feel like I'm in a classroom. I almost feel as if I am there at your garden or at Craig's garden. Can't wait to see what else is in store for us!"
I've been growing lots of varieties of tomatoes for years (67 varieties last year). I thought, can I learn enough to justify the Epic Tomato class? It's amazing what you don't know until you take a great class and learn so much more. One of my favorite parts of the Online Gardening Academy classes is the support from Joe, Craig and the moderators. Answers are quick and the community family is so supportive. It's important that I get answers and solutions that I trust. It's also great fun to follow fellow gardeners' experiences and pictures and watch other gardens grow.
"It is rare that I pay for a course and feel as if the money was well spent. I actually feel as if it was not enough money, so that should explain how I feel. Thank you both for such an exhaustively informative and fun course."
- Frater N.
"I am overwhelmed by how much information you all are sharing in the course. Never in a million years did I think I’d plop down over $200 for an online experience. But halfway into Module 3, and I’m feeling like I have already gotten my money’s worth! The videos, supporting handouts, and opportunities to get questions answered are all excellent. As a college professor, I know high-quality instruction, and you have hit it out of the park!"
"I can't say enough about how much I am enjoying this course. Even after my almost 40 yrs (yikes!) In my garden, I am learning so much. SIMPLY FABULOUS PRESENTATION."
- Karen D.
"Thank YOU for providing your expertise and knowledge and real-time support. Love your scientific approach and of course the humor and jokes! This course is going to be LEGEND...wait for it........DARY!!!"
- Matt J.
"Thank you, Craig, for collaborating with Joe to provide us with this information! I am in awe of you guys and the other members of this course who grow so many tomato varieties!"
- Jane B.