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 discover the secrets for growing leafy greens, root vegetables, fruit, herbs, and more. In addition, you'll learn how to spot pests and diseases before they destroy your bounty. You'll find out how to fix pH and drainage problems in your soil, and you'll take the guesswork out of watering 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 you need to ensure a successful harvest.
- Begin thinking about what crops you'd like to grow in your edible garden, and learn about practical considerations such as personal taste, time, and climate.
- Decide on a garden style, locate a place for your garden, and learn how to prepare containers, raised beds, and in-ground gardens.
- Learn how to plant bare root and container-grown fruit plants, how to keep the birds from eating your berries, and the importance of pruning and how to make a healthy cut.
- Find out about how to grow and harvest common herbs, what pests to watch out for, and techniques for keeping herbs healthy indoors.
- Learn how to collect seeds from your crops and how to preserve your surplus harvest through freezing, drying, canning, and pickling.
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Requirements: Internet access, e-mail, Firefox or Internet Explorer web browser.
You will need to create a login for your online classroom. Go to www.ed2go.com/ksuconed. Find your course by browsing the catalog or using the search bar. Click the ‘Add to Cart’ button (this site does not accept payments - you will not be charged here). Select your start date and then create a Username and Password. You must make an 80 or higher on the final exam (online) to successfully complete the course. You may only take the exam once.
If you have questions about this course, please contact the online coordinator at 470-578-3355 or firstname.lastname@example.org.