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Designing Elegant Edible Gardens

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Design a unique kitchen garden that's a feast for the eyes and the palate!

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor, Ellen Ogden
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Learn how to create a well-designed edible garden with guidance from renowned food and garden writer Ellen Ecker Ogden. Explore the history of kitchen gardens and gather inspiration for your own unique space. Then, map out your design on paper, create a five-year plan for your space and learn Ellen’s steps for successful design! Moving on, discover the essentials of the four-square design model and learn about the many benefits of this crop rotation system before properly grouping and placing your plants for a garden that thrives. Then, translate your design plan from paper to reality and get tips on growing a more productive and low-maintenance garden. Finally, infuse your space with artful touches and learn the 80/20 rule for a professional-looking garden that’s full of the vegetables you love.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Design Theory
Challenge the way you look at gardening and growing food with the help of food and garden author Ellen Ecker Ogden. You'll begin the class with an introduction to design basics and the four-square model, which will help guide you through the rest of the class, including an overview of kitchen gardens and inspirational sources that will help generate creativity.
2. Planning Your Edible Garden
3. Five Steps to Success
4. The Four-Square Design
5. Artful Touches
6. From Paper to Reality
7. The 80/20 Rule

Recommended with this class

  • Biodegradable natural jute twine (optional)
  • Seaweed solution fertilizer
  • Planting line and dibble

Taught by

Ellen Ogden
Ellen Ogden
Ellen Ecker Ogden has more than 25 years of experience as a food and garden writer and instructor. She is one of the co-founders of The Cook's Garden — America’s premiere source of information for the kitchen gardener — and has published articles and features in publications such as Better Homes & Gardens, Martha Stewart Living and The New York Times. Additionally, she has published several books, including The Complete Kitchen Garden.

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