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Vegetable Gardening: Innovative Small-Space Solutions

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Get space-saving strategies for turning your small backyard, balcony or windowsill into a flourishing vegetable garden!

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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, Jodi Torpey
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.


Maximize the impact of your small garden with guidance from garden writer and renowned instructor Jodi Torpey! Get started by learning where to plant your garden using a sun survey for optimal results. Then, from smart pots to self-watering containers, discover best practices for popular container gardening. Next, explore the ultimate space-saving option — vertical gardens — and build a simple tepee trellis while exploring the endless possibilities that hanging planters provide! Next, whether your space is in full sun or constant shade, learn which plants work best in each environment and find out how to properly care for them. Plus, create free fertilizer from kitchen scraps, get tricks for attracting pollinators and preventing pests, and even learn how to successfully grow herbs indoors!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Your Space
Meet your instructor, master gardener and gardening writer Jodi Torpey. You'll begin with an overview of the class as Jodi helps you assess your space for exposure to sunlight. Armed with Jodi's valuable sun survey technique, you'll be able to accurately gauge what plants might be able to thrive in your garden.
2. Container Planting
3. Maximizing Your Small Space
4. Vegetables for Sunny Spots
5. Vegetables for Shady Spots
6. Healthy Gardens in Small Spaces
7. Growing Indoors

Recommended with this class

  • Vertical garden supports and containers, such as baskets and trellises (optional)

Taught by

Jodi Torpey
Jodi Torpey
Jodi Torpey is a garden writer, editor and renowned guest speaker. She is the author of several books, including The Colorado Gardener’s Companion, serves as editor-in-chief of and regularly contributes to Jodi also travels the country as a distinguished guest speaker at gardening events.

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