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Online Class

How to Grow Anything: Food Gardening for Everyone

by The Great Courses

Grow your green thumb — and any food you please! Learn smart strategies for veggies, fruit and more that make bringing fresh food to your table a breeze.

What You Get

  • 12 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers from fellow classmates in our virtual classroom


When you grow your own food, you get delicious flavor and a lower grocery bill! Join horticulture expert Melinda Myers and discover her insider tricks for growing carrots, peppers, raspberries and so much more. Get inspiring ideas for a successful garden design, whether you have a spacious backyard or a city apartment, before digging into what makes an ideal soil composition and discovering the best ways to extend your growing season. Then, explore basic maintenance and care principles: plant selection, soil prep and pruning, to grow a variety of vegetables, fruits and fruit trees. You'll also get a blueprint for "low input" gardening, and see how to boost your garden's output with Melinda's harvesting tricks. Plus, make your own compost and find out how to protect your plants from frost for more yield from your garden.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Jump-Start Your Edible Garden
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.
2. Planning for Gardening Success
3. Building Your Garden Foundation
4. Starting Plants from Seeds
5. Planting Vegetables & Herbs
6. Low-Maintenance Garden Tips
7. Small Fruit Cultivation & Care
8. Growing Fruit Trees
9. Eco-Friendly Pest Management
10. Food Harvesting Tips & Tricks
11. Composting & Vermicomposting
12. Extending the Growing Season

Taught by

Melinda Myers - Instructor
Melinda Myers - Instructor
Melinda Myers has more than 30 years of horticulture experience. She has authored more than 20 gardening books, including Small Space Gardening (Can't Miss series) and Birds & Blooms' Ultimate Gardening Guide, and she is a columnist for Birds & Blooms magazine. She has also hosted The Plant Doctor radio program, seven seasons of Great Lakes Gardener on PBS and the nationally syndicated YardWorks.