Course is open! Grow Your Best Garden.

Vegetable Gardening 101 starts with preparing the soil and stays with you until first frost. You can skip around, watch and rewatch, and download printables at your own pace. We'll cover all the essentials including:

  • What type of garden to choose for your needs
  • How to plan out the space for maximum harvest
  • How to grow organically and use companion gardening
  • How to boost your soil health with composting, mulching, and more
  • What to look for in new plants and how to select the variety for you
  • How to plant and care for your new plants
  • How to avoid pests and diseases and what to do if they show up anyway
  • All season long care tips for fun in the garden
  • Harvest hints to get the most out of your hard work
  • End of the season advice for putting your garden to bed and getting ready for next year
  • Bonus materials: FREE seed starting ebook and printable garden planner

We truly believe that anyone can garden! And once you’ve learned the basics, you can grow just about anything, in any space. Our goal is to stick with you all season – guiding you through the steps and being on hand to answer your questions. Let’s grow a garden!

Make This Your Year to GROW!

This video course is designed to walk you through the basics of growing your own vegetables at home. Whether you have a large space or a small balcony, we'll teach you how to plant all varieties of tomatoes and peppers, traditional veggies, root crops, greens, and herbs. We'll start from scratch with both an in-ground garden and container gardens so you see every step.

All lessons are available as soon as you enroll so you can watch ahead and review at your own pace.

You'll learn it all: from what to plant with tomatoes to how to keep rabbits away to how to grow the hottest peppers in the world. We’ll share tried-and-true tips that we’ve used in our own gardens for years and be with you all season long. With 50+ years in the gardening business, this is a close as we can get to helping you actually plant!

Here we are all partners -- in learning, in growing, and in having fun. Whether you've never picked up a garden spade or have been gardening for decades, this is the place to expand your knowledge and learn how to grow your best garden.

Meet Your Teachers

Welcome! I'm Jim Kuehnle, the owner of Clovers Garden and so glad you've joined us for our Garden School. In 1957 my grandfather started our nursery and we've grown our business into one of Chicago's most respected garden centers. As with most family businesses, I've worked in the garden stores since I was old enough to hold a watering can!

It's truly been my privilege to help generations of gardeners grow from beginners to experts. And I'm excited to share all this knowledge with you. Our goal with these courses is to teach through hands-on, fun learning and I know you'll become a better gardener.

Our teaching team includes me, our long-time partner and garden writer, Julie Fryer, and her son, Sam Fryer (shown here with his favorite chicken!). Julie has been gardening for decades and working with Clovers since 2013 and Sam has recently joined our team to help with production and filming. Of course, he trained at his Mom's knee for years in the garden (and his favorite summer snack was always stolen snap peas, which his Mom knew he was stealing!).

If we've learned anything with our 75 years of combined gardening experience, it's that kids love to eat stuff they helped grow. And we're delighted to be your partner in bringing gardening to your backyard or balcony and to your family and community.