Vegetable Gardening 101

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Course Description

"Vegetable Gardening" is a 12-part course that is designed for beginners to gardening. If you're interested in learning how to set up, design, and cultivate a vegetable garden, you will find the tips and advice in this course to be a helpful way to get started and to keep your garden growing for years to come.

This course will offer you the basics of how to create a garden in your space, while also helping you prepare the soil, choose the right fertilizers, and prevent weeding troubles. Additionally, you will learn about organic gardening, as well as container gardening when space is limited.

Each section is designed to give you an overview of what gardening techniques have been proven to be effective, while also leaving space for you to insert your own unique hands-on knowledge. To ensure you have learned the lesson, a summary, True/False section, and Multiple Choice section ends the course section.

With each new lesson, you build upon the lesson that came before, allowing you to begin the process of vegetable gardening, as you are learning about it. While this course is primarily for those new to gardening, those who are experienced may also find advice and tips they may not have used before – i.e. garden restorative plants, learning which plants to grow side by side for better harvests, etc.

"Vegetable Gardening" is a simple course that prepares you for beginning to grow your own vegetables right in your backyard. In just a few short sections, you'll be ready to dig into the soil and harvest the rewards of your hard work.


Vegetable gardening is more than just a fad today.  With the current emphasis on the economy, it seems that getting back to the basics is a better plan than it ever was in the past.

While most of us haven't grown up with farming as a part of our lifestyle, we know what the cost of food can do to our budgets.  There's a new desire to learn about farming as a way to save money.
There are other reasons why people are looking into vegetable gardening as a way of life or at least as a sometime hobby.  By learning more about the growing process, you can take this information and apply it to other plant growing in your backyard, helping you cultivate a healthy lifestyle, as well as a lush landscape.

In this course, you will learn more about the ways in which you can set up and maintain a vegetable garden, as well as ways that you can avoid the common problems that people who farm will encounter.

Getting your hands dirty is a part of the process, and it will help you to better understand how plants work and how they can be supported to produce more vegetables and to be problem-free.

At the end of each course section, you can test your learning by reviewing a summary, and answering true/false and multiple-choice questions. With time and a little bit of hard work, you too can have a vegetable garden in your life, and in your backyard.

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  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
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Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
4.5 / 5 Stars (Average Rating)
"Extraordinarily Helpful"
(1,958 votes)

Lesson 1: Introduction

In this course, you will learn more about the ways in which you can set up and maintain a vegetable garden. 1 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Home Gardening Introduction; Building a Raised Vegetable Garden
  • Take Poll: Vegetable Gardening
  • Take Survey: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction

Lesson 2: Why Plant Your Own Vegetables?

Even people without green thumbs are thinking about growing food because there are a number of good reasons to do so. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: The Best Vegetables to Grow

If you're starting to grow vegetables in your garden, it can help to start off with some of the easier vegetables to grow. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review Article: 6 Cost-Effective Vegetables
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Planning Your Garden

When you're starting to think about vegetable gardening, you can save yourself time and resources by planning out your garden ahead of item. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Planning Your First Vegetable Garden; Planning a Vegetable Garden
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Preparing Your Soil

If you are looking to have a successful gardening experience, preparing your soil properly can be the best use of your time. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Starting Your Plants

Just as you can prepare your soil ahead of time, you will also want to prepare your plants ahead of time. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Article: Starting Seeds Inside
  • Take Poll: Vegetables
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Handling Weeds in the Garden

What you need to know about weeds is that they are going to grow wherever they are allowed to grow. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review Article: Weed Control
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Fertilizing Your Garden

When you want to grow larger harvests in your backyard, you might begin to think about fertilizers. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review Article: Fertilizing the Vegetable Garden
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: How to Harvest Your Vegetables

All you need to do now is to learn when and how to harvest your vegetables so that you're getting the best results and taste. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Keeping Your Soil Ready for the Next Season

After the harvest is the time when you can prepare your garden for next year or for the next growing cycle to begin. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Fall Soil Improvement; Preparing for Winter
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: How to Achieve a Big Harvest

With the following tips and advice, you can increase the number of harvests you have in some cases, while also increasing the size and consistency of other harvests you have. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review Article: Secrets to Productive Garden
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12: Organic Gardening for Vegetables

Organic methods might use fewer products and chemicals, but there are additional things you need to keep in mind. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Starting an Organic Garden; Tips for Organic Vegetable Gardens
  • Take Poll: Organic Gardening
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Exam

Lesson 13: Container Gardening

Container gardening offers you the opportunity to create a garden, no matter where you might be. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Growing Vegetables in Containers; Container Gardening Basics
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Exam

Lesson 14: Conclusion and Resources

Conclusion and resources... 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Take Poll: How would you rate this course?
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Identify why plant your own vegetables.
  • Identify the best vegetables to grow.
  • Describe planning your garden and preparing your soil.
  • Summarize methods to start planting and how to handle weeds.
  • Describe methods and techniques for fertilizing your garden.
  • Summarize how to harvest your vegetables and keeping your soil ready for the next grow season.
  • Summarize methods on how to achieve a big harvest.
  • Define container gardening, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Vegetable Gardening 101
Course Number: 8900150
Course Requirements: View Course Requirements
Lessons Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars (1,958 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: How To (Self-Paced, Online Class)
CEU Value: 0.3 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
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with Online CEU Certification: $75.00

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