Best Videos about Growing Food by Season

These are the very best videos on YouTube that teach small-scale growing of fruits and vegetables. They were selected for Good Gardening Videos by horticulturist/Vermont gardener Charlie Nardozzi.

Early-Late Spring


  • 8 videos on indoor seed-starting
  • 1 on outdoor seed-starting in containers
  • 2 on hardening off seedlings
  • 5 on lighting systems for seed-growing
  • 3 on soils for seed-starting
  • 6 on starting trees and perennials from seed

Creating a Vegetable Garden:

  • 10 videos about designing and planning a vegetable garden
  • 11 on raised beds of various types
  • 5 on growing vegetables in containers

Supporting Vegetables Vertically (Trellises and More):

  • 2 videos on making trellises
  • 8 on ways to support tomatoes
  • 8 on ways to support cucumbers, melons and squash
  • 1 each on wall pockets and 3 Sisters Gardens

Planting  Berries and Fruit Trees:

  • 5 videos on growing blueberries
  • 4 on strawberries
  • 6 on raspberries and blackberries
  • 5 on grapes
  • 10 videos on planting fruit trees (and links to more)

Early-Late Summer

Growing Early Summer Edibles:

  • 3 videos on tomato problems
  • 1 on growing lettuce in hot weather
  • 2 on herbs
  • 5 on harvesting peppers, beans, cucumbers, summer squash, zucchini, eggplant and watermelon
  • 1 on creative plant supports
  • 1 on succession planting to maximize yield

Weeding the Vegetable Garden:

  • 9 videos on using mulch and similar techniques to control weeds
  • 6 videos about the best tools to use to remove weeds


Summer Pests in the Vegetable Garden:

25 videos covering these common pests:  Japanese beetles, cucumber beetles, squash bugs, squash vine borer, flea beetles, and more.


Fruit Tree Problems:

  • 2 videos on maggots and codling moths on apples
  • 1 on the plum curculio insect
  • 1 on maggots that damage cherries
  • 2 on peach tree borer
  • 2 on insects that damage citrus
  • 3 on diseases affecting apple, peach, plum, apricot and cherry trees
  • 2 on fire blight
  • 2 on citrus diseases

Problems Growing Berries:

  • 8 videos on strawberry pests
  • 6 on blueberry pests
  • 3 on raspberry pests

Planting a Fall Vegetable Garden: 

  • 7 videos on late-summer planting of fall edibles
  • 2 on starting fall edibles from seed
  • 4 on salad greens
  • 1 on using a planting calendar for your region
  • 1 on harvesting fall vegetables


Harvesting Vegetables:

  • 19 videos on growing beans, beets, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cantaloupe, carrots, corn, cucumbers, eggplants, herbs, kale, lettuce, peas, peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, zucchini, summer squash and watermelon
  • 3 on harvesting and using herbs

Saving Seeds:

10 videos by experts in the U.S., U.K. and Australia, divided into “Simple” and “More Complex.”


Storing Fresh Produce for Winter:

17 videos by experts in the U.S. and U.K. covering:

  • Carrots, Beets and Potatoes
  • Onions and Garlic
  • Squash, Pumpkins and Popcorn
  • Greens and Apples
  • Root Cellars

Cover Crops to Improve Soil:

11 videos covering the benefits of cover crops, choosing the best type, how to plant, remove or till into the soil. Plus, cover crops for container gardens.


Growing Winter Vegetables in Mild Climates:

For places in North America where people are actively gardening in fall and winter (places that are so often neglected in the gardening media).

  • 4 by experts in California
  • 2 from the Pacific Northwest
  • 1 each from Texas and Florida
  • 1 on overwintering peppers indoors, by a Michigander

Composting and Soil Improvement:

  • 3 videos on basic composting
  • 3 on composting in place and sheet composting
  • 1 each on soil-building, testing soil, cover crops, and building bins from shipping pallets
  • 2 on using leaves to improve soil


Winter Pruning of Fruit Trees and Vines:

  • 3 videos about pruning blueberries
  • 2 on raspberries
  • 7 on grapes
  • 2 on apples and pears
  • 1 each on cherries and kiwi
  • 3 on peaches
  • 3 on citrus
  • 2 on training fruit trees as espaliers