Certificate in Starting A Vegetable Garden Online Course

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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 Certificate in Starting A Vegetable Garden Online Course will give you the skills and knowledge you need to be on your way to a successful harvest. Course Fast Facts: Only 6 weeks to complete this course
Approximately only 2 to 4 hours per week of study is required This course is delivered 100% on-line and is accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone Instructors lead each course and you will be able to interact with them and ask questions You can study from home or at work, at your own pace, in your own time You can download printer friendly course material or save for viewing off line You will be awarded a certificate at completion of this course ...

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Requisitos: Internet access, email, the Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox Web browser, and the Adobe Flash and PDF plug-ins (two free and simple downloads you obtain at http:///downloads  by clicking Get Adobe Flash Player and Get Adobe Reader).


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There are 12 units of study


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!

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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!

  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.

  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!

  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.


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!

  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.

  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.

  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.

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Through well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction and interaction with your tutor, participants in these courses gain valuable knowledge at their convenience. They have the flexibility to study at their own pace combined with enough structure and support to complete the course. And they can access the classroom 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection.

New sessions of each course run every month. They last six weeks, with two new lessons being released weekly (for a total of 12). The courses are entirely Web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes,...