Plant and grow a year-round garden. Learn everything you need to know to extend your growing season to 365 days a year no matter where you live. Not only will you learn how to have peas in June and tomatoes in August, but you will also learn how to grow tasty veggies in your garden all year long. Including the dead of winter! All using simple, inexpensive structures like mini hoop houses and cold frames.
This is a very thorough look at everything you need to know about year round gardening. With over 3 1/2 hours of content broken into very manageable pieces. Learn what crops to grow, when to plant them and what you need to do to protect your crops so that you can have something to harvest EVERY day of the year.
Winter Gardening - Plant the right kinds of plants at the right time of year and you can have fresh picked veggies even in the coldest months of the winter. Carrots, lettuce, mache, spinach, Swiss Chard, kale and more can be ready for you to pick from your hoop houses and cold frames all winter long.
Spring Gardening - Use your cold frame or hoop house to provide a nice warm environment to get your seeds and seedlings started earlier in the spring than you ever thought possible.
Fall Gardening - Fabric row covers and hoop houses will help you extend your growing season well into the late fall. Adding 90 days or more harvest time to your favorite cool season veggies and even helping to add ripening time for your late summer tomatoes!
Why on earth would you want to grow a year round garden??? Watch this lecture and find out!
Here's a quick look at the direction the year round gardening course will be taking
Here's a quick little bit of info about me and my gardening obsession!!
According to the Greeks, Persephone and her eating habits are the reason we have winter. Get the real story here.
There are lots of different things you need to consider when you are deciding where to put your year round garden. Not any old garden bed will do.
In this lecture you will learn what the perfect size is for your year round garden beds.
Here's is a look at a year in the life or your year round garden bed to help you understand why it is so important to care for the soil.
Be sure to put your cold frames and hoop houses away during the summer to let your soil air out!
There are over 30 crops that you can grow in the spring, fall and winter year round garden. This lecture will give you a peak at most of them. You will also learn what are the 7 most important crops for you to grow.
The first of our 7 base winter crops is lettuce. In this lecture you will learn everything you need to get your lettuce crop off to a great start.
One of the most hardy and useful crops you can grow in your year round garden. Most folks don't know that you can harvest spinach for almost 6 months of the year if you know when to plant it!!
Weather you use it as a cooked green, a salad ingredient or as a replacement for celery, Swiss Chard needs a spot in your year round garden.
There are three types of Asian/Chinese greens that grow well in the year round garden.
Carrots are a must have in your year round garden. You haven't lived unless you have tasted the candy like carrots you will be harvesting in January.
Most folks don't even know what Mache is let alone how to grow it. In this lecture you will learn why you need to have it in every winter garden you plant.
If you love kale then you will love it even more when you harvest it in January. If you don't like kale then you need to try it again after it has been sitting in the cold for a few months!!
Now that you know all about the 7 base year round crops, here are 11 more crops that you need to try as well.
So you want to be a year round gardener, well the first thing you need to know is the dates of your first and last frosts.
Winter gardening is less about growing in the winter and more about putting your veggies in cold storage!
When do you need to start planting your year round garden? Find out here.
An important part of year round gardening is learning to start your own seedlings indoors.
Learn what the 3 methods for protecting your crops from the cold are.
Learn about the cheapest and easiest method for protecting your crops.
So when do you need to use row covers? And which weight should you be using?
A mini hoop house is the perfect addition to your garden and can add months to your growing season.
The basics of building a hoop house for your garden.
Here's why I think cold frames are the best option for year round gardening!!
Here are all the tools and materials you will need to build your cold frame.
Step by step instructions on building a garden cold frame!
Now you have a cold frame or a hoop house. What do you have to do to keep things running smoothly?
Here's a quick description of High Hoops and why I don't think they belong in a small garden.
So you have planted a bunch of the recommended crops. What should you be harvesting first??
A couple of other things to consider when you are harvesting your crops.
Here's an outline of what we will be learning in the Spring Gardening section!!
Here we are going to learn why soil temperature is so important and a quick trick to get your soil ready for planting weeks earlier each spring.
The best way to have early spring harvests is to overwinter a few greens!
Here's a few tricks for an super good crop of peas this spring!
Get an extra early jump on your brocolli, cabbage, kale and more!
Have the earliest potatoes in the neighborhood by growing some potatoes in a cold frame!
Carrots, turnips, beets and radishes! Yum!!
Here are some ideas to get your greens growing early this spring!
This handy garden invention will get you a month or more head start on your tomatoes and other warm season crops.
Let's put it all together and get growing!
There are two things that are different about fall gardening. 1-The level of protection you must offer to your crops. 2- Which crops you can grow in the fall.
The temperatures in the fall are not nearly as intense (think cold). So what do I need to do to protect my fall crops so that I get a nice extended harvest?
There are several root crops you can grow in the fall. Beets, turnips, carrots, radishes and parsnips!
Something missing from winter gardens but plentiful in the fall are Cole crops. Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale, Kohlrabi and even Collards do very well in the fall.
Many of these crops are cross overs of the crops we talked about in the winter section. In this lecture we will discuss growing leafy greens in the fall.
Can you grow peas in the fall? Yes and no. Yes they will grow, no the harvest won't be nearly as good as in the spring. Learn more in this lecture.
So that is fall Gardening! The big take away here is that you can easily add 2 or 3 months to your garden by gardening in the fall!
Let's test your knowllege of Fall Gardening!
A few final thoughts. Thanks so much for taking my course!!
Here's a few books and other resourses that can help you become a better year round gardener.
Hi guys, I'm Rick Stone and I’m a gardening fanatic! Over the last 19 years I've grown a large garden at my home and it seems like every year that garden gets a little larger! Most years we grow between 800 to 1100 pounds of fresh veggies for our table and tons of great flowers to make our yard look awesome.
I grow all of my own seedlings and we have learned how to extend our garden harvest to 365 days a year. Even in our zone 5b garden! Growing in cold frames and hoop houses is the key!!
I'm a graduate of the Utah State University Master Gardener program and have been teaching classes for many years on gardening basics and year round gardening. For the last year I have been teaching courses online to nearly 1000 students. Come join me and we will learn everything you need to know to have a successful garden!!