Vegetable Gardening: Innovative Small-Space Solutions
Jodi Torpey is a garden writer, editor and renowned guest speaker. She is the author of several books, including "The Colorado Gardeners Companion," serves as editor-in-chief of "WesternGardeners.com" and regularly contributes to "VegetableGardener.com." Jodi also travels the country as a distinguished guest speaker at gardening events.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
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.
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.
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.
Learn Jodi's best advice for planting warm-season plants that thrive in direct sunlight. Discover the most important considerations for planting in sunny areas, including watering and fertilizer advice. You'll also be inspired by Jodi's suggestions for theme gardens, which pair edible plants and herbs that can be picked simultaneously and added to dishes that showcase your favorite cuisines.
Use Jodi's sun survey to assess your garden for areas that receive partial and dappled shade, and learn what types of veggies will flourish in each. Jodi shares important special care tips, such as ways to create a microclimate in your garden, and how to plant lettuce in hanging baskets.
Now that your space has been designed and your vegetables have been planted, it's time to go a step further and examine the best ways to keep your garden healthy and free of pests. Jodi shares helpful advice on how to attract veggie-friendly pollinators, as well as how to keep unwanted pests and plant diseases at bay.
Move from the outdoors into the indoors to assess your home, shed or greenhouse for small-space solutions. You'll learn how to grow plants indoors, with consideration for low-light conditions and ways to care for popular herbs. Jodi shares easy techniques for planting, watering, fertilizing and more!