Your 8-Step Process to Plan, Build, Grow, and Harvest a Beautiful, Productive Vegetable Garden—With Less Work
Here's a fact that you've seen in all the studies and memes:
Gardening is good for you.
And people who grow their own food, in particular, have higher levels of happiness and emotional well-being than people who just grow, like, roses or bonsai.
But those same studies and memes don't show how many people give up after the first year or two (or even mid-season) because they get frustrated with digging up clumpy soil, knowing what and when to plant, battling pests and mystery diseases, and ending up with tiny harvests for all that work and money put into their gardening projects.
Maybe you're one of these people.
You've read all the blogs and ebooks on how to start a garden, but you feel more confused than ever, trying to piece together how to improve your soil, time the weather, and get those tomatoes to ripen before you give up and relegate yourself to another summer of buying bland supermarket tomatoes.
You just want to feed your family fresh wholesome food, become a little more self-sufficient, and maybe even teach them where their meals come from, but you don't have the time or energy to be on your knees all day, pulling up weeds, watering (too much? too little?) and wondering if you're even doing it right.
Or maybe you ARE doing everything "right"—spacing your plants properly, managing a compost pile, and getting rid of pests with homemade sprays, but all this effort comes at a price: your time. Time that's harder to find as your work and family responsibilities grow, and your energy and patience wane.
You're tired of fertilizing and working the soil, turning the compost, pulling out old plants and putting in new ones... sometimes hours a day, only to end up with an aching back. ('Cause let's be honest, no one's getting any younger here.)
Traditional methods of gardening simply aren't sustainable—for you or your garden.
Here's a secret:
People think more work means bigger rewards, but that's not necessarily true. It just means more work. You don't need to toil over your garden to reap a dazzling harvest and the joy of hearing, "Wow, you grew all that?" when someone steps into your yard.
You need a better way. An easier and—dare I say it?—LAZIER way to garden that leaves you with more time to enjoy the fruits (and veggies) of your labor without breaking your back—or breaking the bank.
Your 8-Step Process to Plan, Build, Grow, and Harvest a Beautiful, Productive Vegetable Garden—With Less Work
If you want to get MORE out of your garden by doing LESS, you need the unconventional strategies of someone who's been there and made all the time-sucking mistakes you want to avoid.
Lazy Gardening Academy is the culmination of over 12 years of tried, true, and improved "lazy gardening" techniques that help you maximize your garden with a minimum of effort.
You can finally grow more food without fancy equipment or hard-to-find soil amendments. And you can do it all by streamlining your tasks, letting nature do most of the work for you, and creating a mini ecosystem in your yard that builds on itself and needs less interference from you over time. A truly self-sustaining garden.
The best part? These methods work whether:
You have a small suburban yard full of rocky soil, sandy soil, clay soil, or who-knows-what's-under-there soil.
You have a sprawling homestead that already has some garden beds in it, but it demands way more attention than you can give it.
You're a new but enthusiastic gardener who wants to start from the ground up and follow a clear, step-by-step process.
You're a more experienced gardener who's been doing things the same way, every day, and are looking for smart tricks and techniques to help you be more efficient.
Module 1 - Planning Your Garden
Let's start from the beginning, because my philosophy is: Do it right—right now—and you'll save yourself a lot of headaches later.
This is where we'll go over the 6 keys to creating your dream garden and the 1 thing you shouldn't waste your time on when you're prepping the yard. (Do NOT let this stall your garden project!)
Module 2 - Making Custom Raised Beds the Easy Way
Don't have a raised bed yet? Don't worry! You can choose from 2 easy-to-follow tutorials for making your own raised beds (in any size you want) in a style conducive to a low-effort, high-return garden, even if you're not a DIYer and don't consider yourself handy.
Learn the pros and cons of different types of lumber and how to protect that investment with my favorite non-toxic, permanent wood preservative that takes only minutes to apply—and you only have to do it once, forever!
Module 3 - Building Healthy Soil
How do you fill a raised bed inexpensively? These simple, sustainable methods help you make your own soil (so you don't have to keep buying bags of what's called "garden soil" but is really just bark), with guidance on amending your existing soil without feeling like you need a chemistry degree. In plain English, I show you how to make soil your silent partner in the garden.
And 👉 I reveal the one mistake I don't want you to make when sourcing manure, because this little-known but surprisingly common problem can destroy your entire garden.
Module 4 - Automating Your Watering
This step-by-step tutorial takes the confusion out of choosing and understanding all the moving parts of a drip irrigation system and guides you through installation, even if you're not the most technical person. (Taught by another non-technical person—that's me!)
This is the exact system I use in my raised bed garden and I'll show you how to streamline it for yours.
Module 5 - Planting Your Garden for Maximum Yield
The most crucial things you need to know about climate zones, planting dates, and maturity dates (including little-known tactics to calculate them the right way), with smart shopping tricks to help you choose and grow the perfect plants for your garden. You'll learn simple techniques for maximizing your space, creating a mini ecosystem with less effort, and reducing pests and plant diseases with natural strategies that are overlooked in most gardens.
While everyone else is Googling how to get rid of pests on their plants, you'll be drowning in delicious abundance from all the food you've just harvested.
Module 6 - Mulching: The Secret Behind Every Successful Garden
Not all mulches are created equal. These are the 5 best mulches you should be using in your garden, how to grow them, how to make them, and where to find them for free (besides your own backyard).
Don't skip this vital step if you want a healthy, productive garden.
Module 7 - Growing More Food Without Planting More Food
How to get more out of your garden with no extra work, simply by looking at your plants in a whole new way.
This is the secret to harvesting nutrient-packed vegetables weeks—or even months—before they're ready so you can double the amount of food that comes from your garden, all without planting a single extra plant or seed.
Module 8 - Making Great Compost the Lazy Way
Most people make compost the same way. This is how you can make compost the easier, lazier way to reach the same results.
You'll learn how to turn (not literally, thankfully) a pile of yard debris into nutrient-rich compost without worrying about temperature, ratios, and whether you have enough to go around.
Bonus - What to Do at the End of the Season
How to close the loop on your garden by procrastinating on your garden chores—by months, even. Sound too good to be true?
It's not, and your garden will thank you for it with lots of deliciousness the following season.
Bonus - Mobile Access on iOS and Android
Now you can take my lessons in the field with you! Download my new app on iOS or Android, log in, and access the course anywhere you have an Internet connection.
You can watch videos on your phone or tablet while implementing the steps in real time and download all the supporting materials you need, including transcripts and worksheets.
And that's a good thing. Everything pretty much means nothing because having too many lessons to slog through, too many decisions to make, and too many situations and outcomes to analyze can make you give up before you've even started.
You don't need more research, you need more action.
And the action steps in Lazy Gardening Academy give you exactly and only what you need to know and do to set up a super productive vegetable garden that practically runs on autopilot.
It takes all the guesswork and busywork out of growing your own food, so you're not overwhelmed with conflicting information telling you all the things you "could" do but never do.
You see, I'm not extra special. I don't have access to exclusive experts, gadgets, or resources. I just have a proven process that I follow every single time I'm ready to plant my garden.
If I can do this, so can you.
In fact, one of the advantages of having NOT grown up gardening, and only starting when I was a city girl in my 30s is that I've made countless mistakes.
I know the pain of killing hundreds of plants, and I remember what it was like those first couple of years I started gardening: the questions I desperately Googled, the shortcuts I tried to take, and the conventional wisdom that just didn't make sense for an urban gardener or someone growing on a smaller scale.
Learning it all on my own has made me tougher, more open to exploring new methods, and more curious on what else is working. And I'm committed to helping you create your dream garden with the least amount of fuss possible.
1. I didn't have that dreamy storybook childhood of helping my family in their garden or spending time on my grandparents' farm.
I grew up in the bone-dry desert of Las Vegas, where summers were over 100°F and the only things that would grow in our yard were Mexican fan palms.
(Happy to report that my family took up gardening many years later, and now grow a variety of heat-loving herbs and vegetables in their backyard—under cover, of course.)
In fact, I didn't start gardening (actual gardening, not just tending a few windowsill herbs) until I was 30 years old. I tell you this because I want you to know you don't need to have a "green thumb" to have a productive garden. You'll get there quickly with my help!
2. I was voted Most Studious in high school and 🤓 nerd alert: one of my favorite books in grade school was the dictionary.
Why do I mention it? Because I'm still that same girl 20-odd years later and my idea of fun is diving into research and learning something new.
I'm constantly questioning and tinkering (because there's always another way) and YOU get to be on the receiving end of my aha! moments. I will help you become a better gardener using strategies, hacks, and techniques I've had repeatable success with because they just WORK (without you having to put in more work).
3. I have two kiddos who inspire my entire business—yet make me want to hide in the bathroom at times.
Gemma is 5, loves to collect eggs from the chicken coop, and can eat dozens of snap peas in one sitting. In fact, the only things she'll eat (besides some combo of carbs and cheese for nearly every meal) are fresh fruits and vegetables—so I count that as a parenting win.
Ember is 2, loves to fling all the mulch and soil out of my raised beds, sometimes even eats that mulch and soil, and totally lives up to her fiery name.
If you're a parent to little ones, you know how hard it is to find the time to do, well, anything that doesn't involve Daniel Tiger, stacks of construction paper, or another Lego impaling your foot.
That's why I developed my signature Lazy Gardening process—as a means of self-preservation so I can "shop" from my own garden without struggling to get out of the house. 😉 They say you become more efficient the less time you have, and in this stage of life, I find that to be so true.
Maine (zone 5a)
Lazy Gardening Academy is full of insider tips that I actually feel confident following. Linda has a talent for breaking down steps in a way that is so easy to understand. I feel like I’m starting a few years ahead of where I would be if it weren't for this course!
Oregon (zone 6b)
This course is ideal for beginner to intermediate gardeners.
If you enroll in Lazy Gardening Academy, it's because you want to set up a new garden in the most efficient way, or you have an existing garden but want to improve your techniques and systems, make it work harder for you (with less effort on your part), or start over from scratch using a simple 8-step framework that minimizes waste and maximizes yields.
Gardening is a life-long journey for even experienced gardeners and in my view, there's always more to learn.
So if you do just one significant thing that frees up your time and resources, or make one significant change that you wouldn’t have otherwise without the course, I'm positive you'll feel good about it.
Whoa now, hate is a strong word. 😉 But if you're unhappy with this course or feel it isn’t the right time to start a garden, just contact me within 14 days of your purchase and I'll happily refund your money.
I want you to feel completely confident that this course will help you grow more food with less work. Simple as that.
As long as you email firstname.lastname@example.org within 14 days of purchase, you’re guaranteed a full refund.
Right away! You get immediate access to all lessons as soon as you sign up. I won't hold you back by releasing content over time.
You have access to the course as long as it's in existence! Come back and watch as many times as you wish.
You also get free lifetime updates, as well as any new bonuses, partner discounts, and other helpful resources.
Any additions and updates I make in the future will be included with your purchase, which means the price you pay TODAY will be the lowest price you can get on Lazy Gardening Academy. Every time I update the course, there's a chance you'll pay more later if you wait.
The great thing about this course is that it isn't a one-and-done kind of thing. You'll continue to benefit from the lessons each time you return to the material and try new techniques or improve certain aspects of your garden.
The course content is a mix of videos, slideshows, PDF worksheets and resources, and downloadable transcripts of all lessons. You can also log in to the course through a dedicated iOS or Android app to access lessons in the field. This gives a range of options for different learning preferences.
Each video is a bite-sized lesson that's easy to digest and implement, so you never have to rewind or fast-forward through a long-winded video to find what you need. Closed captioning is available for every video and guaranteed to be accurate (no on-the-fly captioning full of errors).
The course is self-paced, so you can go through it as fast (or slow) as you like.
There are 35 instructional videos inside the course totaling 3 hours, along with downloadable transcripts, worksheets, and other resources to help you through the lessons.
That said, I structured this course to be completed in 8 weeks or less, with the average student completing at least 1 module per week (or weekend).
That means you’ll have your own garden fully designed, built, and planted by the end of 8 weeks! (Maybe even sooner, if you're amped to get going right away.)
Fear not! The course is entirely self-paced, so take your time, implement what you learn, and watch or re-watch as many times as you need. Everyone's journey through Lazy Gardening Academy will look a little different, and that's the beauty of it.
Your lifetime enrollment comes with personal email access to me so you will have support year-round.
I get it, there are lots of other experts out there with their own courses that promise to teach you everything about gardening.
With a million modules, piles of worksheets, and oodles of industry jargon, these courses only add to your confusion because they're often too broad in scope, try to cover every possible situation and outcome, or paralyze you with too many decisions to make.
What you need is a simple, step-by-step framework to teach you (in plain English) the exact strategies that'll help you grow more food—with less work. And that's what you'll get from Lazy Gardening Academy.
Like any home improvement project, there will be a small investment needed to get your garden off the ground, though it can vary quite a bit.
It’s assumed that you already own (or will purchase) common hand tools like a shovel, drill, mallet, etc., as well as any materials needed for each lesson (lumber, screws, compost).
Since the lessons walk you through exactly how I complete each project, I recommend but do not require specific brands to achieve similar results.