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Introduction to Gardening


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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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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.
 
 
 
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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
  • Review Article: Botany Photo of the Day
  • Review Article: Burpee
  • Review Article: Perennials Club
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment: Getting Started
  • Complete Exam: 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
  • Review Article: Tips For Choosing The Perfect Location For Your Garden
  • Review Article: Zone Finder
  • Review Article: Interactive Zone Hardiness Map
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment: Determining Location
  • Complete Exam: 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. 26 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review Article: Improving Soil
  • Review Article: Garden Soil
  • Review Article: Xeriscaping
  • Review Article: Oregon State
  • Review Video: YouTube - composting video
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment: Composting
  • Complete Exam: 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
  • Review Article: Garden Watering Systems
  • Review Article: American Horticulture Society
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment: Seasons Change
  • Complete Exam: 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
  • Review Article: Organic Gardening
  • Review Article: Pest Control Humane Traps
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment: Pest Control Methods
  • Complete Exam: 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
  • Review Article: Container Gardening
  • Review Article: Garden Beds
  • Review Article: Raised Garden Beds
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment: Limited Space
  • Complete Exam: 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
  • Review Article: Plant Propagation
  • Review Article: Seed Germination
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment: Determining Best Route
  • Complete Exam: 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
  • Review Article: Flower Gardening Made Easy
  • Review Article: Flower Gardening Tips
  • Review Article: Popular Flowers
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment: Flower Gardens
  • Complete Exam: 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
  • Review Article: Planet Natural
  • Review Article: Vegetable Gardening
  • Review Article: Garden Layout
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment: Growing Veggies
  • Complete Exam: 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
  • Review Article: Herb Society
  • Review Video: YouTube - Container Herb Gardening
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment: Easy Herbs
  • Complete Exam: 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
  • Review Article: Attracting Hummingbirds
  • Review Article: National Gardening Association
  • Review Article: HGTV
  • Review Article: American Community Gardening Association
  • Review Article: Landscape Design Software
  • Review Video: Butterfly Gardens
  • Take Poll: Your Opinion Matters: Course Rating
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment: Growing a Garden
  • Complete: Final Assignment
  • Complete: Final Exam
  • Complete Exam: Lesson Eleven: Specialty Gardens
316
Total Course Points

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Course Title: Introduction to Gardening
Course Number: 7550054
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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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).
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
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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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