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with Jodi Torpey
Online Class

Vegetable Gardening: Innovative Small-Space Solutions

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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!


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 1h25m

Included in this Class

1. Your Space

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

2. Container Planting

Learn about the variety of containers that are available on the market, and how each container's size and material will affect root growth, plant support and watering considerations. Jodi demonstrates ideal planting techniques, and shares valuable design techniques that will help you arrange a collection of containers that is functional, unique and eye-catching.

3. Maximizing Your Small Space

3. Maximizing Your Small Space

With small-space gardening, maximizing your space requires a shrewd blend of logic and creativity. Jodi shares the best tips she's learned from years of garden designing, including vertical gardening options like trellises and hanging planters, methods for planting a variety of plants in close proximity, and extending your growing season by carefully timing planting and harvesting.

Recommended with this class

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