How to Grow Anything: Food Gardening for Everyone

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for beginner/intermediate gardeners I enjoy the presenter’s laid back speaking style, wealth of basic information, and visual examples that fortify the learning experience.
Date published: 2020-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such great advise! I love the teaching method used here. So straight to the point, and very helpful. I'm learning a lot that I will be able to use later! I wish she would've touched more on blackberry bushes, but i still have some videos to watch, maybe she does, even if not, her discussion on bushes and every plant is so knowledgeable and helpful!
Date published: 2020-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent for beginner gardener! The course can empower a novice for success.
Date published: 2020-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How to Grow Anything: Food Gardening for Everyone Great course with so much information The course instructor, is extremely knowledgeable and a wonderful presenter.
Date published: 2020-02-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I'm about 50% through and I'm not impressed. Comes over more like an evening talk to a town's womens guild. Did not have the meat that I was anticipating.
Date published: 2019-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lectures Learned much about gardening. Great courses. Waiting for spring.
Date published: 2019-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Love the Many Ways of Gardening There is something for everyone. People with small spaces or big spaces you will love the tips. I learned new ways to grow food, herbs, flowers and other plants. This teacher makes gardening so easy that you just want to do it.
Date published: 2019-04-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Rather boring I was hoping for more gardening guidance. I have tried planting a few vegetables off and on over the years and was hoping for detailed instructions. There was nothing in here that you can't find in a magazine article on gardening. The lecture presentation is dull. Just rapid fire talking with minimal demonstration. Really not worth having a DVD lecture. She repeatedly states use low nitrogen fertilizer for vegetables. But does not explain how to know if it's low nitrogen. I looked through the local garden section of Walmart and really couldn't tell from the fertilizer labels. Does it mean low in percentage to the other ingredients? Or is there a specific amount I should be looking for? She talks about things to use for mulch, but never defines mulch. Which may seem obvious to experienced gardeners; but the definition of terms such as "mulch" would be helpful. I feel this was a total waste of money. I was hoping for hands on demonstration and clear guidance.
Date published: 2019-02-09
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How to Grow Anything: Food Gardening for Everyone
Course Trailer
Jump-Start Your Edible Garden
1: Jump-Start Your Edible Garden

Get started right away! From sprouts and micro-greens to windowsill herb gardens and other edible container gardens, you can begin growing your own delicious foods any time of year. Discover the many benefits of growing your own fresh food, and learn what supplies you'll need and how to arrange your plants.

32 min
Planning for Gardening Success
2: Planning for Gardening Success

Scope out your growing space. In this lesson, a wealth of inspiring ideas will show you what's possible, whether you have a spacious suburban backyard or a city apartment. A few basic tips on spacing and designing your edible landscape will set you up for a successful growing season.

31 min
Building Your Garden Foundation
3: Building Your Garden Foundation

Every successful garden begins with a good foundation. Here, you'll find out what makes an ideal soil composition, and you'll learn several techniques for quickly repairing your soil and preparing your garden bed. The instructor's own garden provides a case study you will follow throughout the course.

31 min
Starting Plants from Seeds
4: Starting Plants from Seeds

One of the best ways to extend your growing season is to start plants from seed indoors. Explore the materials and techniques for starting such common plants as tomatoes, peppers, melons, cabbage, and more from seeds. Tips for watering, lighting, and transplanting will ensure a successful migration to your outdoor garden.

33 min
Planting Vegetables and Herbs
5: Planting Vegetables and Herbs

Whether you start from seeds or buy young plants from your local nursery, vegetables and herbs are easy projects the whole family will love. See how to prep the soil and plant seeds for onions, corn, carrots, potatoes, and more. Then turn to transplanting and growing different types of tomatoes, peppers, and squash.

27 min
Low-Maintenance Garden Tips
6: Low-Maintenance Garden Tips

Consider ways to reduce your maintenance time and increase the success of your garden, no matter how busy your life may be. This lesson offers a blueprint for "low input" gardening, revealing time-saving strategies like proper weeding techniques, mulching for weed control and water conservation, and more.

32 min
Small Fruit Cultivation and Care
7: Small Fruit Cultivation and Care

For some gardeners, the shift from growing vegetables and herbs to growing fruits may be overwhelming, but in fact, the same basic maintenance and care principles apply: plant selection, soil prep, and pruning. To boost your confidence, this lesson provides some easy guidelines for growing small fruits, including strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, grapes, and more.

27 min
Growing Fruit Trees
8: Growing Fruit Trees

Once you've tackled vegetables and small fruits, moving to large fruit trees can be an exciting step. Because there are so many varieties available, from apples and peaches to pears and plums, Ms. Myers gives you some general guidelines for selecting and planting trees, as well as invaluable guidance on training and pruning your plants for greatest productivity.

29 min
Eco-Friendly Pest Management
9: Eco-Friendly Pest Management

When you grow your own food, you'll likely tolerate a few more imperfections than you would with food from the grocery store. But you'll still want to mitigate the harm from pests and diseases. Here, you'll look at many of the most common pests and how to manage them in order to maximize your garden's productivity.

30 min
Food Harvesting Tips and Tricks
10: Food Harvesting Tips and Tricks

All parts of gardening can be fun, but nothing beats harvesting the fruits of your labor. To boost your garden's output, there are a few harvesting tricks you may want to consider. After reflecting on some differences between fruits and vegetables, learn about when to harvest many of the most common plants in the garden.

30 min
Composting and Vermicomposting
11: Composting and Vermicomposting

Plants come with a good bit of debris, including weeds and leaves and overripe fruit. Composting is a great way to turn those scraps back into organic matter for your garden. After going over the basic process-which is much easier than you might think-Ms. Myers builds a worm composter right in the studio.

32 min
Extending the Growing Season
12: Extending the Growing Season

No matter what part of the country you live in, the growing season inevitably will come to an end. To squeeze out a bit more yield from your garden, delve into several ways to protect your plants from frost. Explore cold frames, hot beds, greenhouses, and more, and then shift your attention to preserving your herbs over the winter.

29 min
Melinda Myers

We started just like you with common problems faced by many gardeners. We want to design a garden that works for you and your dream for something better.


University of Wisconsin, Madison


Horticulturist and Certified Arborist

About Melinda Myers

Melinda Myers is a horticulturist, certified arborist, gardening expert, television/radio host, columnist, and author with more than 30 years of horticulture experience. She earned her B.S. in Horticulture from The Ohio State University and her M.S. in Horticulture from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Before launching her own business in 2006, she was a tenured associate professor at the University of Wisconsin Extension Service and a tenured horticulture instructor at Milwaukee Area Technical College. Her numerous awards include two Garden Media Awards from the Garden Writers Association, the Garden Communicator of the Year Award from the American Nursery & Landscape Association, the Gold Leaf Award from the International Society of Arboriculture, the Perennial Plant Association Garden Media Promoter Award, and the American Horticultural Society's B. Y. Morrison Communication Award for effective and inspirational communication. Ms. Myers is the author and coauthor of more than 20 gardening books, including Can't Miss Small Space Gardening and Birds & Blooms' Ultimate Gardening Guide. She is also a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Gardening How-To, and Wisconsin Gardening. A seasoned media presence, Ms. Myers hosts the nationally syndicated Melinda's Garden Moment and appears regularly on various national and local shows. For more than 20 years, she hosted The Plant Doctor radio program, seven seasons of Great Lakes Gardener on PBS, and the nationally syndicated YardWorks!

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