Online Class: Introduction to Gardening

This course will take you from the basic plant parts, and why they are important all the way to the production of fruit. You will discover the importance of having good soil, and what that means, and how to correct it in your yard.

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Course Description

The Art and Science of Gardening: A Beginner's Comprehensive Guide

When the first bloom of spring paints the landscape with vibrant colors, many find themselves inspired by the allure of nurturing life in their backyards. Does your neighbor's verdant oasis often leave you in awe? Have you ever gazed at a garden and wished you had the know-how to cultivate such a thriving space?

Recent data suggests that about 77% of American households are actively participating in gardening, showcasing a surge in its popularity. As nature weaves its magic, more and more people want to participate but often face a dilemma: where to start?

Our comprehensive course, Basic Gardening, is meticulously curated to guide budding gardeners through every stage of the process, ensuring that your green dreams translate into verdant realities.

Lesson One: Gardening Basics Dive deep into the foundation of gardening. Understand the vital plant parts, their functions, and the journey from tiny seeds to bearing fruits.

Lesson Two: Where to Start Positioning is crucial. Learn how sunlight, shade, and wind patterns can significantly affect plant growth. Evaluate potential spots in your yard or balcony to determine the most viable gardening space.

Lesson Three: Secrets to Great Soil Did you know that nearly 85% of plant issues are directly tied to soil health? Unlock the mysteries of soil composition, pH balance, and the magic of microorganisms that create a fertile environment.

Lesson Four: Garden Maintenance From timely watering to pruning and more, grasp the various techniques to ensure your plants remain healthy and robust.

Lesson Five: Pest Control Ward off common pests using eco-friendly solutions. Delve into natural remedies and preventive measures that safeguard your plants from unwanted intruders.

Lesson Six: Solutions to Difficult Gardening Address challenges like inadequate sunlight, poor soil quality, or limited space. Explore container gardening, vertical gardens, and other innovative solutions to overcome gardening hurdles.

Lesson Seven: Plant Propagation Multiply the beauty! Learn about cuttings, grafting, layering, and other methods to expand your garden without always buying new plants.

Lesson Eight: Flower Garden Cultivate a vibrant canvas of blossoms. Discover popular flower species, their care routines, and design principles to create visually stunning floral setups.

Lesson Nine: Vegetable Garden Why buy when you can grow? From juicy tomatoes to crisp lettuce, uncover the joy of harvesting fresh produce right from your backyard.

Lesson Ten: Herb Garden Elevate your culinary skills by growing a variety of aromatic herbs. Understand their growth patterns, benefits, and uses in everyday cooking.

Lesson Eleven: Specialty Gardens For those seeking something unique. Dive into themed gardens like butterfly gardens, rock gardens, or water gardens. Discover the special care and attention these gardens demand.

Furthermore, our course also emphasizes the profound ecological impact of gardening. By understanding and embracing sustainable gardening practices, we can contribute to a healthier planet. The role of composting, often dubbed as black gold by gardening experts, will be delved into, enlightening you about its significance in boosting soil health and reducing waste.

Gardening is not just a hobby; it's a therapeutic journey where you connect deeply with nature. By the end of this course, you'll be equipped with a treasure trove of knowledge, setting you on a path to cultivate gardens that are not just visually delightful but also environmentally conscious.

Join us, and let's sow the seeds of knowledge, nurturing them into a garden of wisdom.

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  • Self-Paced
  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
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Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
4.4 / 5 Stars (Average Rating)
"Extraordinarily Helpful"
(3,809 votes)

Lesson One. Gardening Basics

To really become a good gardener it is important that you understand the process, from the ground up. By learning about how things grow, starting with a seed in most cases, you can get an idea of gardening. This lesson focuses on the basics. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Assessment: Lesson One: Gardening Basics

Lesson Two. Where to Start

To get started gardening there must first be a planning stage. Decide on the best possible location. Determine the purpose your garden will serve. This lesson looks at garden placement and purpose, and why they are important. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson Two: Where to Start

Lesson Three. Secrets to Great Soil

To really have a great garden you must first understand soil. This is because it is the basis of where the plant will grow. This lesson explains the different types of soil, how to compost, and which type of soil is better for gardening. Additional lesson topics: Compost Pile Tips; Best Soil for Flowers 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson Three: Secrets to Great Soil

Lesson Four. Garden Maintenance

Water is essential for life, especially when it comes to gardening. In this lesson you will learn the basics of water. It will be beneficial in determining what type of plants to grow and how to water your garden. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson Four: Garden Maintenance

Lesson Five. Pest Control

Pests go hand in hand with gardening. They are a part of life. Knowing what type of pests may infiltrate your garden will help you rid your garden of them. This lesson looks at typical garden pests and removal methods. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson Five: Pest and Disease Control

Lesson Six. Solutions to Difficult Gardening

In this lesson you will learn some size constraints that gardeners may run into. They exist whether living in an apartment or a single family home. This lesson will give some solutions to some of the sizing problems that you may encounter. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson Six: Solutions to Difficult Gardening

Lesson Seven. Plant Propagation

This lesson explains what plan propagation is and what the different classifications involve. You will learn from a local gardening expert, why and how to take cuts, as well as how to start planting seeds. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson Seven: Plant Propagation

Lesson Eight. Flower Garden

A very popular way to get started in gardening is to grow a flower garden. There are different types of flowers to choose from and this lesson will break them down so that you know which is the best route for you to take. 4 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson Eight: Flower Garden

Lesson Nine. Vegetable Garden

What could be better than harvesting your own vegetables and preparing them for the family? In this lesson you will learn some of the basics of vegetable gardening and be on your way to preparing a great salad. 6 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson Nine: Vegetable Garden

Lesson Ten. Herb Garden

Herb gardens are easy to grow and can be a great kitchen resource. This lesson explains herb gardening from what grows easily to the various ways the herbs can be used. 6 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson Ten: Herb Garden

Lesson Eleven. Specialty Gardens

There are other types of gardens beyond vegetables, flowers, and herbs. In this lesson you will be introduced to some specialty gardens and learn what they consist. 55 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Your Opinion Matters: Course Rating; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Assessment: Lesson Eleven: Specialty Gardens
  • Assessment: Final Exam
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Learning Outcomes

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

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Course Title: Introduction to Gardening
Course Number: 7550054
Lessons Rating: 4.4 / 5 Stars (3,809 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: November 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.6 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Cathleen Chouinard
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "Loved this course. I feel like I have learned a lot about gardening and ways to improve my yard. It is very helpful. I now feel like I'm prepared to plan out my garden and learn even more about gardening as I put what I learned into practice." -- Nohely G.
  • "Loved taking this course, very informative and the instructor graded my work very quickly and provided positive, encouraging feedback that made me smile I would definitely recommend this course to anyone interested in gardening." -- Gabriela R.
  • "I wanted to know more about gardening and I learned tons. The information was presented in an interesting way and the instructor was great." -- Martica P.
  • "This instructor is excellent. I would really enjoy taking another course from this instructor. Very organized and motivating!" -- Tonia C.
  • "Instructor was prompt with feedback and grading. Was a great experience!" -- Carrie M.
  • "The instructor is very friendly and helpful. I enjoy her comments and her style of teaching online." -- Susan M.
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  • "Loved the course and the whole experience." -- Laree P.
  • "Instructor was very good and attentive." -- Lucinda M.
  • "Fun course! Great teacher!" -- Muffett V.

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