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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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Course Lessons

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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Course Title: Introduction to Gardening
Course Number: 7550054
Languages: English - United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and other English speaking countries
Course Type: How To
CEU Value: 1.1 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), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102.
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
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $35.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $60.00

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, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
An IntroductionAssignment5
Lesson 1 Assignment: Getting StartedAssignment15
Lesson One: Gardening BasicsExam10
Lesson 2 Assignment: Determining LocationAssignment15
Lesson Two: Where to StartExam10
Lesson 3 Assignment: CompostingAssignment15
Lesson Three: Secrets to Great SoilExam11
Lesson 4 Assignment: Seasons ChangeAssignment20
Lesson Four: Garden MaintenanceExam11
Lesson 5 Assignment: Pest Control MethodsAssignment20
Lesson Five: Pest and Disease ControlExam10
Lesson 6 Assignment: Limited SpaceAssignment15
Lesson Six: Solutions to Difficult GardeningExam11
Lesson 7 Assignment: Determining Best RouteAssignment15
Lesson Seven: Plant PropagationExam11
Lesson 8 Assignment: Flower GardensAssignment15
Lesson Eight: Flower GardenExam4
Lesson 9 Assignment: Growing VeggiesAssignment15
Lesson Nine: Vegetable GardenExam6
Lesson 10 Assignment: Easy HerbsAssignment15
Lesson Ten: Herb GardenExam6
Lesson 11 Assignment: Growing a GardenAssignment30
Final AssignmentAssignment5
Lesson Eleven: Specialty GardensExam6
Total Points:296

Student Testimonials

  • "As a complete gardening novice, all information presented was helpful. To qualify any of it to be the most helpful, I'd have to say that the info pertaining to veggie gardening was particularly beneficial to me, since veggie gardening was/is my reason for taking the course....The instructor seems very knowledgeable, her resources are great, she is very quick with grading, and with returning results/answers to inquiries." -- Doug T.

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