How to Grow Anything: Your Best Garden and Landscape in 6 Lessons

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lesson 3 on Soil Preparation was the best! I live in the Colorado mountains where the altitude is high, the soil is dry and rocky, the days are hot, nights are cool, and very little rainfall in the spring/summer. I felt like the course was geared more towards moist climates overall but found Lesson 3 on soil testing, preparation, and fertilizing to be invaluable!
Date published: 2020-06-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good This one is Good!. Good for people who do not know how to plant or what to do to maintain their gardens through the seasons. Even for me, a seasoned gardener, there were new points to pick up on and also some regular confusion questions asnswered
Date published: 2019-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Information Even if you are a seasoned gardener you wil learn something.
Date published: 2019-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very informative and helpful I learned a lot and it was exactly what I was looking for in a course
Date published: 2018-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from how to grow anything I couldn't wait to order this course . I am a gardener who is branching out and wanted some tips and guidelines. Melinda Myers is terrific-makes the learning easy and is so informative. I know I will refer to the dvd many times. Great Course, great instructor and great information. thanks
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Landscaping So far I watched three of the lessons. It has been very helpful. When I get done with all six I will go back to watch again and take many notes. Thank you
Date published: 2016-10-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Seems Like Useful Information I bought this as a gift for my parents and decided to watch it myself to see if I made a good purchase. My personal interest in gardening is low primarily because I do not have the time to dedicate to doing it right. I am generally pleased with the purchase and think the instructor gave good information in a clear and organized way. She showed several different gardening scenarios and gave tips and suggests for different types of gardens. She also emphasized the right things to do during each season. I wish I had the time to actually apply the information, but at least I feel like I made a good purchase for my parents. My only complaint is that the course seems to cover some topics a little too lightly and would benefit from being a few lessons longer.
Date published: 2016-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what I needed to plan my garden The course is very well organized. I am amazed at how much the teacher knows and how well she balances the science with its practical applications. I am in the midst of planning an ornamental garden and was having difficulty doing it. This video series has been very helpful to me.
Date published: 2016-08-08
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How to Grow Anything: Your Best Garden and Landscape in 6 Lessons
Course Trailer
Plan the Garden of Your Dreams
1: Plan the Garden of Your Dreams

A dream garden starts with two things: an awareness of what you have to do and a solid plan for getting there. Ms. Myers gives you an overview of the step-by-step process for creating a garden, guiding you through the process of weeding old garden spaces; testing your soil; evaluating growing conditions; picking the best topsoil; using annuals, perennials, and biennials to best effect; and mappin...

34 min
Get the Right Plant for the Right Place
2: Get the Right Plant for the Right Place

Even if you're working with a smaller, urban space (such as at a townhouse), you can still create delightful gardens. Learn how to overcome the same challenges of light and space as you would in a larger garden area. Then, focus on getting the right plants to fit your garden. Which plants make strong focal points? Which plants tolerate shade better than others? What combinations will add depth and...

29 min
Prepare Healthy Soil and Plant for Spring
3: Prepare Healthy Soil and Plant for Spring

The secret to a healthy garden: soil. In this lesson, discover everything you need to know about soil and how to make it work for your dream garden. You'll learn how soil works, how to improve the soil in your garden space, the benefits of specific soil types, how composting and mulching can strengthen the health of your garden, how and when to fertilize your plants, and-most important-the best wa...

33 min
Design for Light, Water, and Microclimate
4: Design for Light, Water, and Microclimate

Visit a small-space garden and investigate tried-and-true methods for solving common planting and design problems for often stubborn areas such as deck edges, patios, and the spaces around air conditioners and gas meters. Throughout the lesson, you'll find out some of the best choices for poorly lit areas, learn how to dodge common over- and under-watering mistakes, and more-all of it grounded in ...

29 min
Refresh Your Summer Garden
5: Refresh Your Summer Garden

Summer is the perfect time to reassess your garden and find out what you need to do to keep your plants healthy and looking their best. First, learn the tricks to effective garden maintenance throughout the season: growing more abundant harvests of fruits and vegetables, controlling pests in the most eco-friendly ways, locating the cause of discolored leaves, and more. Then, Ms. Myers takes you b...

31 min
Add New Color in Fall and Prep for Winter
6: Add New Color in Fall and Prep for Winter

Explore some of the many ways you can extend your garden through fall and take advantage of the cool air and warm soil (which is great for planting a variety of trees, shrubs, and perennials). You'll learn how to add bulbs for a splash of spring beauty, prune and protect your plants (and your lawn) from a potentially harsh winter, install a lovely cool-season garden, harvest and store herbs, and l...

43 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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