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

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 just were not sure how to start? The easiest way make this decision is to take a class that will guide 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 and good for growing, how to know what to plant and where to plant it.

Basic Gardening 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. The gardener's best friend is the composter, and the beginning gardener needs to understand just what composting is and why that is 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 very important lesson.

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. Basic Gardening is a class to give the novice gardener all the basic information necessary to begin the most popular U.S. hobby to date: gardening. 

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  • Self-Paced
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
4.4 / 5 Stars (Average Rating)
"Extraordinarily Helpful"
(3,759 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. 16 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment: Getting Started
  • 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. 25 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment: Determining Location
  • 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 26 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment: Composting
  • 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. 31 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment: Seasons Change
  • 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. 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment: Pest Control Methods
  • 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. 26 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment: Limited Space
  • 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. 26 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment: Determining Best Route
  • 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. 19 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment: Flower Gardens
  • 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. 21 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment: Growing Veggies
  • 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. 21 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment: Easy Herbs
  • 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. 90 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Your Opinion Matters: Course Rating; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment: Growing a Garden
  • Complete: Final Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson Eleven: Specialty Gardens
  • Assessment: Final Exam
Total Course Points

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 (3,759 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: September 2022
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: $95.00 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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  • "Instructor was very good and attentive." -- Lucinda M.
  • "Fun course! Great teacher!" -- Muffett V.

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