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Grow delicious, nutritious fruit and vegetables in your own backyard! In this course, you'll learn how to give your garden a healthy start and keep it growing strong all season.
You'll begin by figuring out which type of garden is right for you. Not everyone has the same amount of time, space, or sunshine, so the first step to a great harvest is selecting the right crops. You'll explore climate considerations, learn how to read a zone hardiness map, and find out how to spot a micro-climate in your yard.
After that, you'll discover how to properly prepare a garden bed so your crops have the best opportunity to thrive. Since healthy soil is the key to a great garden, you'll see how to identify problems in pH and drainage and fix them. You'll even learn to understand fertilizers and make compost!
Along the way, you'll delve into the variety of crops you can select: leafy greens, root vegetables, fruit, herbs, and more. Each type of crop has specific needs, so you'll get tips on starting seeds, transplanting, pruning, and using container gardens and support structures. In addition, you'll learn what to watch out for so you can spot pests and diseases before they destroy your bounty. And you'll take the guesswork out of watering your garden as you explore a variety of irrigation options.
Whether you want to provide your family with nutritious food, save money, get some exercise, or just be more self-sufficient, this course will give you the skills and knowledge you need to be on your way to a successful harvest.
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.
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!
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This was a great course. I learned so much and the resources were excellent. I am sure I will use this information for my next garden. Thanks so much! Starting a journal on gardening is so useful, I would have never thought of writing a journal. The practice of journaling can lead to an article on my blog/web site. Let me know if there is a part two. I highly recommend this class. Thanks!
Katie was a wonderful instructor--very knowledgeable and helpful. It was a great course for a beginner gardener--not an overwhelming amount of material, but enough to get started and feel confident that you'll be harvesting your own food in no time!
The lessons were easy to understand and informative. I also liked all the different resources that were made available to the students. I feel the instructor did a great job. Thank you!
This course was packed with information and details that have been missing in all my years of experimenting with gardening. I'm very excited to use what I have learned. Awesome job! Thank you for teaching this course.
I loved this course and the instructor! I learned so much and I feel confident that I can start a small garden and work my way to a bigger better garden. Thanks!
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