Online Class: Vegetable Gardening 101

If you are 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.

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Course Description

"Green Beginnings: Your Comprehensive Guide to Vegetable Gardening"

Venture into the verdant world of vegetable gardening with our comprehensive 12-part course, tailored perfectly for gardening novices and those eager to green their thumbs. If the allure of fresh, home-grown veggies beckons you, this meticulously curated guide promises to transform your space, however big or small, into a lush, thriving garden.

Course Highlights:

  1. Foundation Building: Begin with understanding your gardening space. Grasp the nuances of soil types, light, and the role of climate. Tailor your garden plans to harmonize with your environment seamlessly.

  2. Soil Symphony: Dive deep into soil's world – understanding its pH balance, enriching it organically, and selecting the right mix for ultimate plant nourishment.

  3. Fertilizer Fundamentals: Learn the art and science of fertilization. From natural composts to store-bought solutions, discover how to offer your plants a buffet of nutrients.

  4. War on Weeds: Arm yourself with strategies to keep pesky invaders at bay, ensuring your veggies grow unhindered and your garden remains a picture of perfection.

  5. Organic Oasis: Explore the world of organic gardening. Understand the symbiotic relationships in nature, from helpful insects to natural pesticides, ensuring your veggies are chemical-free and brimming with goodness.

  6. Container Chronicles: Not blessed with sprawling spaces? No worries! Delve into container gardening, maximizing yields from balconies, terraces, or even windowsills.

  7. Cultivation Companions: Discover the magic of companion planting. Enhance growth, deter pests, and improve flavor by understanding which plants thrive when grown side by side.

  8. Restorative Flora: Learn about plants that rejuvenate the garden, enriching the soil and acting as natural pest deterrents.

  9. Progressive Learning: Our course design ensures a layering of knowledge. As each lesson unfolds, the wisdom of the previous one becomes the foundation for the next, ensuring a smooth and comprehensive learning journey.

  10. Interactive Checkpoints: To fortify your learning, each section concludes with a summary, true/false evaluations, and multiple-choice quizzes, ensuring you're garden-ready by the end of the course.

Why "Green Beginnings" Is Your Ideal Choice:

Gardening is more than a hobby; it's a journey of discovery, patience, and rewards. "Green Beginnings" isn't just a course; it's an immersive experience. While novice gardeners will find a complete roadmap, seasoned horticulturists might discover uncharted territories and fresh insights.

Envision yourself plucking sun-ripened tomatoes, crisp lettuce, or fresh basil right from your garden, turning them into a delightful salad. Such joys are unparalleled! Embark on this gardening quest with us, savoring the pleasure of watching life sprout, grow, and blossom under your care. Your path to becoming a gardening maestro starts here!

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Course Motivation

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.


Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
4.4 / 5 Stars (Average Rating)
"Extraordinarily Helpful"
(2,105 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lesson 8: Fertilizing Your Garden

    When you want to grow larger harvests in your backyard, you might begin to think about fertilizers.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lesson 13: Container Gardening

    Container gardening offers you the opportunity to create a garden, no matter where you might be.
  • Lesson 14: Conclusion and Resources

    Conclusion and resources...

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.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Additional Course Information

Online CEU Certificate
  • Document Your Lifelong Learning Achievements
  • Earn an Official Certificate Documenting Course Hours and CEUs
  • Verify Your Certificate with a Unique Serial Number Online
  • View and Share Your Certificate Online or Download/Print as PDF
  • Display Your Certificate on Your Resume and Promote Your Achievements Using Social Media
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Course Title: Vegetable Gardening 101
Course Number: 8900150
Lessons Rating: 4.4 / 5 Stars (2,105 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 2023
Course Type: 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

Student Testimonials

  • "Thanks for a great class. Can't wait to garden this spring." -- Adrienne W.
  • "Thank you for offering this course. The instructor guided me along the way." -- Patricia G.
  • "Very helpful and informative." -- Carrie M.
  • "Great course, great instructor, great experience." -- Kristen R.
  • "What was most helpful were the essays made you think about the topic-when you are typing you are thinking more about the lesson and retaining it. This is productive for learning." -- Bobbette F.
  • "Good instructor!" -- Ron B.
  • "Enjoyed it very much - excellent instructor." -- Dorothy M.