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Course Description

Does spring weather make you wish to get your hands dirty in the garden? Is your neighbor's garden the envy of your eye? Have you always wanted to start a garden but don't know how to begin?  The easiest way make this happen is to take a class guiding you step-by-easy-step through the process of deciding what kind of garden you wish to start, where to place it, how to be certain that the soil is ready for growing, how to know what to plant and where to plant it.

Introduction to Gardening will take you from the basics of plants and why they are important -- all the way to the production of fruit. You will discover the necessity of having good soil, and how to correct the soil composition in your yard. The gardener's best friend is the composter, and the beginning gardener needs to understand just what composting is and why it's such an important skill. Becoming more aware of the ecology of our world and how we can work with it rather than against it is a side benefit of this course.

You will also learn about plant hardiness and planting zones; about the most important date in a gardener's life: the date of the last spring frost. You will learn about plant propagation, the proper care of seedlings, and how to care for newly transplanted additions to your garden. You will even learn how to repel pests and attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard. This basic gardening class, will give the novice gardener all the information necessary to begin the most popular U.S. hobby to date: gardening.

Course Requirements

The course is open to everyone who has an interest in gardening. There are no required books.  All material will be given online and through netlinks. You'll need a high school reading level though.

Course Goals

  • Lesson One: Gardening Basics
  • Lesson Two: Where to Start
  • Lesson Three: Secrets to Great Soil
  • Lesson Four: Garden Maintenance
  • Lesson Five: Pest and Disease Control
  • Lesson Six: Solutions to Difficult Gardening
  • Lesson Seven: Plant Propagation
  • Lesson Eight: Flower Garden
  • Lesson Nine: Vegetable Garden
  • Lesson Ten: Herb Garden
  • Lesson Eleven: Specialty Gardens

Course Materials

All the course material required to complete this course is included.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a practice assignment and lesson review quiz that will directly apply what you have learned.
Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe where to start.
  • Describe the secrets to great soil.
  • Know garden maintenance.
  • Know pest and disease control.
  • Know solutions to difficult gardening.
  • Describe plant propagation.
  • Know how to create a flower garden.
  • Know how to create a vegetable garden.
  • Know how to create a herb garden, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction1
Lesson 1 Assignment: Getting Started5
Lesson One: Gardening Basics10
Lesson 2 Assignment: Determining Location15
Lesson Two: Where to Start10
Lesson 3 Assignment: Composting15
Lesson Three: Secrets to Great Soil11
Lesson 4 Assignment: Seasons Change20
Lesson Four: Garden Maintenance11
Lesson 5 Assignment: Pest Control Methods5
Lesson Five: Pest and Disease Control10
Lesson 6 Assignment: Limited Space15
Lesson Six: Solutions to Difficult Gardening11
Lesson 7 Assignment: Determining Best Route15
Lesson Seven: Plant Propagation11
Lesson 8 Assignment: Flower Gardens15
Lesson Eight: Flower Garden4
Lesson 9 Assignment: Growing Veggies15
Lesson Nine: Vegetable Garden6
Lesson 10 Assignment: Easy Herbs15
Lesson Ten: Herb Garden6
Lesson 11 Assignment: Growing a Garden30
Final Assignment5
Final Exam49
Lesson Eleven: Specialty Gardens6
Total Points:316

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