Garden Fresh

Grow Your Own Vegetables, Fruits & Herbs

with Doug Jimerson

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Nothing beats the flavor of vegetables, fruits and herbs fresh from your home garden. Doug Jimerson shares secrets of a successful harvest. Read More…

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Class Description

From greens to grapes, apples to asparagus, Doug Jimerson offers a lifetime of garden knowledge in this comprehensive class. You'll learn how to pick the best varieties, prepare the soil, plant, water, feed and tend your garden for a rich harvest of veggies, fruits and herbs. You'll learn how and when to start seeds indoors, and how to make the most of limited garden spaces. As you get to know your unique growing conditions, you'll learn to diagnose common soil, plant and bug problems, and discover why tomatoes are America's garden favorite, and how to help them flourish in your garden. You'll learn up-to-date success secrets for greens, strawberries, fruit trees and much more, and be ready to venture into new crops like walking onions, scented geraniums and lovage.

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Garden Fresh: Grow Your Own Vegetables, Fruits & Herbs
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Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet Doug Jimerson, former garden editor at Better Homes and Gardens and your guide to vegetable, fruit and herb gardening.


Lesson 2. Getting Started

  • Doug covers the basics of setting up a garden plot: seed starting, soil prep, site selection, fertilizing and watering.


Lesson 3. Cool Weather Crops

  • Here's a look at the first performers of the spring and early summer: salad crops, root crops and members of the cabbage family.


Lesson 4. Spring Greens

  • All your salad favorites and lots of other healthy green vegetables are the focus of this class.


Lesson 5. Root Crops

  • Potatoes, onions, garlic and shallots if you've never tried these root vegetables, you may be surprised at how easy to grow they are and how great they taste when homegrown.


Lesson 6. Cole Crops

  • Take a look at healthy cruciferous vegetables: broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage and kale.


Lesson 7. Warm Weather Crops

  • Now we move into the hot part of the growing season. Time to take a look at vining crops like melons and squash, popular summer favorites like eggplant, peppers, corn and beans, and a little about tomatoes.


Lesson 8. Vine Crops

  • Vining crops like cucumbers, melons, pumpkins and squash are easy to grow, but insect pests love them too. Doug teaches you how to keep the bugs at bay.


Lesson 9. Summer Favorites

  • Mediterranean vegetables take center stage in this lesson, including eggplants, pole and bush beans, and all kinds of peppers.


Lesson 10. Growing Tomatoes

  • America's favorite summer crop is fun and easy to grow in all its varieties. "There's only two things that money can't buy, and that's true love and homegrown tomatoes!"


Lesson 11. Growing Herbs

  • Bring the vibrant flavors of summer into your cooking with fresh herbs out of your garden. Doug shows off unusual herbs like scented geranium, along with culinary favorites like basil and parsley.


Lesson 12. Berries & Grapes

  • Doug covers the special cultivation and pruning needs of strawberries, raspberries, grapes and other fruit crops.


Lesson 13. Fruit Trees

  • Grow apples, pears, cherries and stone fruit in your backyard orchard, with these tips on selecting and caring for fruit trees.


Lesson 14. Bonus: Perennial Produce

  • In this bonus lesson, discover two edible plants, asparagus and rhubarb, that you can plant once and harvest forever.

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- TheLadies

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