How to Grow Anything: Container Gardening Tips & Techniques

All you need to grow container plants is some dirt, some direction, some dishes, and some tips and techniques. (Those last two are on us.)
How to Grow Anything: Container Gardening Tips & Techniques is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 44.
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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Pretty, entertaining, with little useful info It's pretty and entertaining. Lots of nice flowers. But not much more. Take a pot, fill it with potting soil, add pretty flowers, and enjoy. Switch the plants with the seasons. That sums up the message of the lectures. Sure, you can grow everything in a pot. But for how long? At what point does a tree, a shrub, or my edibles outgrow the pot? How do I know that it did? How do I pick the size of the container? How do I pick soil? Most of the soils I bought from gardening stores seem like sand: the water just rushes through them leaving the inside of the soil dry. I keep pouring water on the soil; the water rushes out on the bottom; I thought I really wetted the soil. Then within a week of the Sacramento, CA hot sun, the plant dies. I learn that the water just rushed through the sand-like soil and never saturated it. Why not? How do I add soil to the full pot a year later? How do I prevent the roots from growing in circles? How do I take out the plants for transplanting into a larger pot? Do I smash the pot? How come that those pretty, densely planted flowers don't crowd each other out? I've seen lots of beautiful ceramic pots in the gardening stores. But they heat up like crazy in the sun and hold on to the heat for a long time. I can't believe that that's healthy for the roots, to be "boiled" alive. I would have loved to hear an expert opinion on that. I heard the names of many many plants and I will never remember them. It's because these lectures can be and will be watched anywhere where there is internet and people speak English. From the North pole through the Equator to the South Pole. But those flowers and plants that the presenter talks about, cannot be planted everywhere. So, detailing so many plants in the lectures or in the booklet is useless unless you are where she is. I would have rather listened to how to make decisions. Now the other series, The Science of Gardening, is much better. It has tons of great ideas that you can use no matter where on the globe you are located. Because it explains the rationale behind the decisions I'd have to make as a gardener. I like the tips on the three-lever planting: thrillers, fillers, and ... runners? And the suggestion on how to put the plants to the garage for the winter. but I can't remember anything more after watching the 3 hours of lessons. I may watch them again to extract some more. Needless to say that I have not been a successful gardener and I won't be after watching these lectures.
Date published: 2021-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have purchased several courses over the years from The Great Courses and have been very satisfied . I did not particularly like my last purchase left a voice mail and a refund was promptly issued to me. I would recommend this company and will continue to purchase especially when I retire soon. I also recently purchased How To Grow Anything and liked it very much Ted Berry
Date published: 2021-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great content! Hoping to try some of the ideas! She had great information!
Date published: 2021-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Makes me want to garden When I finally get an apartment with a balcony, I am going to use the techniques that she had recommended. I introduced my parents to this course as well and they used a couple of her techniques in creating their herb garden.
Date published: 2021-05-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Title is misleading If you want to learn how to design a container, then this course might be what you want. If you want to learn how to grow, and not kill, the plants in your container, this course does not help you. You can tell the instructor is used to doing short spots on news programs. Just general talking points, no details.
Date published: 2020-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from True to it's word. I bought this to help me gain more knowledge about container gardening and I did.
Date published: 2020-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Many ideas for the craft oriented gardener. Interesting ideas but not really my aesthetic. Would like more tropical hardy, natives.
Date published: 2020-07-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great tips, little info in guidebook Enjoyed the tips and appreciated that she included the plants she discussed in each lesson in the course guidebook however I wish she would have included some of the tips as well. Felt I had to take a lot of notes. I will watch the lessons again but sometimes I just want to have a quick look at a guide and not devote so much time to the lessons again.
Date published: 2020-06-23
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Overview

Learn the essential rules of gardening in small spaces with this concise and helpful guide to the art of container gardening.

About

Melinda Myers
Melinda Myers

We started just like you with common problems faced by many gardeners. We want to design a garden that works for you and your dream for something better.

INSTITUTION

Horticulturist and Certified Arborist
Melinda Myers is a horticulturist, certified arborist, gardening expert, television/radio host, columnist, and author with more than 30 years of horticulture experience. She earned her B.S. in Horticulture from The Ohio State University and her M.S. in Horticulture from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Before launching her own business in 2006, she was a tenured associate professor at the University of Wisconsin Extension Service and a tenured horticulture instructor at Milwaukee Area Technical College. Her numerous awards include two Garden Media Awards from the Garden Writers Association, the Garden Communicator of the Year Award from the American Nursery & Landscape Association, the Gold Leaf Award from the International Society of Arboriculture, the Perennial Plant Association Garden Media Promoter Award, and the American Horticultural Society's B. Y. Morrison Communication Award for effective and inspirational communication. Ms. Myers is the author and coauthor of more than 20 gardening books, including Can't Miss Small Space Gardening and Birds & Blooms' Ultimate Gardening Guide. She is also a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Gardening How-To, and Wisconsin Gardening. A seasoned media presence, Ms. Myers hosts the nationally syndicated Melinda's Garden Moment and appears regularly on various national and local shows. For more than 20 years, she hosted The Plant Doctor radio program, seven seasons of Great Lakes Gardener on PBS, and the nationally syndicated YardWorks!

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Trailer

Designs in a Pot-Thrillers, Spillers, Fillers

01: Designs in a Pot-Thrillers, Spillers, Fillers

There's a lot to container gardening, but this session gives you the perfect starting point for creating your own wonderful gardens. Start with a detailed look at the varieties of containers out there (from improved plastics to concrete to self-watering) and how to find the right soil mix-or even make your own. Then, discover one of the keys to designing a powerful container garden-the "thriller, ...

34 min
Create a New Space-Edibles and Ornamentals

02: Create a New Space-Edibles and Ornamentals

Patios, small decks, fire escapes-whatever your space constraints, there are a wealth of container gardening ideas and designs you can enjoy. Taking you through several seasons, this lesson shows you how to take advantage of small spaces to blend ornamentals and edibles (such as tomatoes and blueberries) and come up with creative solutions for everyday gardening challenges, including color balance...

30 min
Unusual Pots, Vertical Spaces, Shade Design

03: Unusual Pots, Vertical Spaces, Shade Design

Ms. Myers shows you how to start thinking outside the traditional container with some unique ideas for making garden containers from a range of found or recycled items, including buckets, shoes, and teapots. Also, learn how to better choose specific plants and containers to decorate walls or fences that can be stubborn to plant around; find out what edible and decorative plants grow best in areas ...

27 min
Grasses to Trees-Big Plants in Containers

04: Grasses to Trees-Big Plants in Containers

Large plants in large containers can offer perplexing design challenges when it comes to space, color, plant care, and privacy. Which trees, shrubs, and large ornamental grasses are right for your space? What are some tricks to designing with them and maintaining their health throughout the seasons? How can you effectively use large containers to screen bad views, create a focal point, provide a v...

29 min
Outdoor Living Areas and Special Features

05: Outdoor Living Areas and Special Features

Start by learning how to approach outdoor seating and lounging areas from the gardener's perspective and discover how to mix and match containers and plants to create the mood you want. Then, find out some tried-and-true ways to solve the pesky problems of common pests and plagues (from aphids to mosquitos to plant rot). Finally, dabble in the creation of eye-catching theme gardens, such as a trop...

32 min
Cool-Season Changes and Indoor Gardens

06: Cool-Season Changes and Indoor Gardens

It's never too soon to start thinking about container gardening in cool-season weather. Here, Ms. Myers offers fantastic ideas for adding fall color to your outdoor container gardens and for taking care of your gardens during autumn and winter. She also shows you how to move your plants indoors or plant new indoor container gardens so you can enjoy your plants all year long. Plus, you'll also find...

34 min