A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
How does it work? Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Lesson 01 - Why Grow Your Own Garden?
In this first lesson, we'll begin by discussing the many great benefits of growing your own food. You’ll discover why food from your garden is likely to have more nutrients than the food you can purchase from the grocery store, and we'll talk about ways to keep your costs down and options for designing your garden beds. By the end of this lesson, you'll be prepped and ready to begin planning your own edible garden!
Lesson 02 - What Should You Grow in Your Garden?
Not sure what you want to plant in your garden? That's good! Because there are lots of practical considerations that you should be aware of before you make that decision. Considerations such as personal taste, time, space, and the local climate will all impact your plant selection. Today, we'll discuss what you need to think about before planning your garden, and you'll start to learn the basics about climate zones and the types of plants that grow well in your area.
Lesson 03 - Preparing Your Garden
In this lesson, we'll look at strategies to keep your garden looking as good as it tastes! We'll begin by considering layout, style, flowers, and all of the little extras that make your garden unique. Then, you'll learn how to prepare your containers, raised beds, and in-ground gardens. We'll walk through the steps of placing, measuring, and building your garden to give your plants a healthy place to grow and thrive. We'll look at some time-saving tips and discuss when you should begin preparation and what method might be best for your garden.
Lesson 04 - Your Garden Soil
A whole lesson devoted to soil! Don't worry—this is actually much more interesting than it sounds. And what you learn today will prepare you to create the perfect foundation for your edible garden. We're examining soil up front, because you'll need to have a good understanding of your garden soil before you begin planting the delicious crops we'll discuss in the upcoming lessons. Today, we'll discuss your unique soil type. You'll find out about the drainage, pH, and nutrients in your soil. And you'll learn about soil amendments to create healthy soil that will nourish your garden.
Lesson 05 - Leafy Greens
Leafy greens are easy to grow, but they can get bitter if you aren't careful. In this lesson, you'll learn how to keep your leafy greens healthy and delicious. We'll start with an introduction to some of the varieties you can find and the benefits of each. Then, we'll look at important topics that affect your leafy greens, like bolting and slugs. Finally, you'll learn a technique to extend your growing season that can be applied to lots of vegetables, not just greens—starting your seeds indoors!
Lesson 06 - Root Vegetables
In today's lesson, we'll discover the vegetables that lie beneath the soil. We'll explore different types of these special veggies, including carrots, potatoes, and beets. You'll learn how to grow and harvest your crops. And finally, we'll discuss how to make the perfect seed bed for your root vegetables to flourish.
Lesson 07 - Vine and Bush Vegetables
In this lesson, we're going to take your garden up into the air by exploring vine and bush vegetables. You'll learn about lots of great edible options for adding height to your garden, including beans, peas, and tomatoes. We'll discuss important information about heirlooms and hybrids, as well as pests and diseases. Then, we'll explore the many ways that you can support your vertical vines as they grow up!
Lesson 08 - Fruits and Berries
Today's lesson will satisfy your sweet tooth as you learn about growing fruits and berries. We'll discuss some of your options like apples, grapes, and blueberries. Then, we'll cover the specifics of planting, pollination, and pests. And you'll also learn about the importance of pruning and how to make a proper cut.
Lesson 09 - Herbs
Today's lesson is all about herbs. You'll learn some specifics about herbs, like which ones are invasive and which ones need extra-deep containers to grow well. Then, we'll explore ways to harvest your herbs and still keep them producing. Finally, we'll go more in depth about how to grow crops indoors so you won't have to leave your kitchen to collect your harvest!
Lesson 10 - Irrigation and Your Garden
Watering has the potential to be one of the most time-consuming parts of caring for your garden. And it's often the part that beginning gardeners skimp on or overdo, resulting in a less-than-desirable crop. In this lesson, you'll learn about the various irrigation methods for different types of gardens, and we'll discuss the best approach for your edible garden.
Lesson 11 - Collecting Seeds and Preserving Your Harvest
Today, we're going to talk about ways to use your excess bounty so that it doesn't go to waste. You'll learn how to collect seeds from your crops, which seeds you should collect, and what to expect when you grow them next year. We'll also discuss ways to preserve the rest of your harvest through freezing, drying, canning, and pickling so that you can enjoy your surplus later.
Lesson 12 - End-of-Season Cleanup
Congratulations! You've grown a delicious, nutritious garden, and now it's time to put the garden down for the season. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to make sure your garden is properly prepared for the winter and how to get a head start for the spring. You'll also learn how to care for your tools so that your investment will last for many years.