Online Class

Growing Heirloom Tomatoes


Grow the tastiest heirloom tomatoes in your neighborhood! From planting seeds to saving seeds, learn successful techniques for growing healthy heirloom tomatoes from heirloom expert Marie Iannotti.

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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, Marie Iannotti
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

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  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find class materials in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Throughout this class, you'’ll get the techniques and tips you need to enjoy a bountiful harvest of heirloom tomatoes, with instruction from expert gardener Marie Iannotti. Learn about unique heirloom varieties, and discover which type will grow best in your geographic area. Then, get started with seeds as you learn how to plant, repot and even light your seedlings for robust growth. Next, expertly transition your plants to the outdoors with proper mulch, homemade pesticides and routine pruning to help them thrive. You'’ll even uncover the benefits of companion planting and learn about the various support structures available for your plants. Finally, find out how to harvest your fruit, store your crop and save your seeds for rich tomatoes, year after year. Plus, for tomato lovers short on space, Marie will share tricks for container gardening and demonstrate how to make an upside down tomato planter!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction to Heirloom Tomatoes
Meet your instructor, author and Master Gardener emeritus Marie Iannotti, as she introduces you to the wonderful world of heirloom tomatoes. You'll learn about determinate and indeterminate varieties, regional characteristics to take into consideration and tips to help you start planning for your own tomato plants.
2. Starting Seeds
3. Preparing Your Garden
4. Growing Tomatoes in Small Spaces
5. Care & Maintenance
6. Special Growing Techniques
7. Finishing Techniques

Taught by

Marie Iannotti
Marie Iannotti
Marie Iannotti is a garden writer, photographer and speaker. She is a Master Gardener emeritus, as well as a former Cornell Cooperative Extension Horticulture Educator. Today, Marie serves as an online gardening expert, and writes about her own garden adventures on her blog, Gardening in the Hudson Valley. She also has written two books, including The Beginner's Guide to Growing Heirloom Vegetables: The 100 Easiest-to-Grow, Tastiest-to-Eat Vegetables for Your Garden.
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