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Hello and welcome! This course is designed to provide a valuable summary of information for successfully growing plants in colder climates. I’ve developed it with beginning gardeners in mind, but th ...

Gardening provides us with so many benefits. Here are four reasons that everyone should consider having a garden.

In this section of the course, we’ll take some time to investigate why you want to garden and what you want to grow. There are so many possibilities when it comes to gardening that knowing more abo ...

Your first garden doesn’t need to be anything fancy– you just need to get started. And for it to be fun and worthwhile, you need to focus on what’s going to be valuable to you. 

Learn the difference between annual plants (plants that live only a single year) versus perennials (plants that live for many years). 

It’s important to be realistic that you match your garden aspirations with the time and energy you really have, as well as your level of experience. 

Anywhere that has winter temperatures that fall below freezing can be considered to have a cold climate. This covers a large amount of the earth, including much of North American, Europe and Asia in t ...

Hardiness zones, which are sometimes also called growing zones, describe how cold and severe the winter is in a particular place. 

The growing season, also called the frost-free or freeze-free season, is the time of year between the last frost in the spring and the first frost in the fall. 

There may be unique conditions that make your yard or garden– or even parts of your yard or garden– warmer or colder than average. 

This lecture will cover the four things that every garden needs so that you can look for a garden location that works.

Not all locations are equally suitable when it comes to gardening. This lecture will go into greater detail about how to assess your site and identify the it's strengths and weaknesses before y ...

You may need to decide whether you want to take use an area that already has gardening or landscaping, or if you should start in an altogether new location. 

Once you’ve assessed your options and picked out a garden space, it might be time to establish a new garden bed. This lecture will cover the pros and cons for four different options for getting r ...

Because raised beds or containers are not in the ground, they give you greater control over the growing conditions and your garden soils. Raised beds can be a great way to avoid challenging site condi ...

Much of what a plant needs – and especially the things that are in our control as gardeners– depend on having healthy soils. This lecture will introduce some aspects of soil science that are imp ...

A simple soil test can give you critical information about how suitable your soils are and what you can do to improve them. This lecture will describe how you can get your soil tested.

It’s likely that there are some actions you can take to improve the soils so that your garden plants will flourish. This lecture will describe ways that you can improve your garden soils.

It’s important to get your soil tested, but sometimes it can be hard to make sense of the results. This lecture includes a few tips for how to interpret your soils test so that you can improve your ...

Gardening is all about raising plants, and so this lecture will cover a bit of plant science about what plants need to grow.

So far you have assessed your garden location, prepared a garden site, and improved the soil. It's finally time to plant. But how do you know when you are supposed to plant everything for the bes ...

Starting plants from seeds outdoors is pretty straightforward. This lecture will outline the steps you need to plant seeds directly into your garden.

Containers are especially useful for starting cold-sensitive plants indoors to get a jump start on the growing season. Beginning plants indoors where it is warm will allow plants to grow faster so tha ...

Just a few basic tools are needed to get started in gardening, and this lecture describes what you need.

Garlic is easy to grow and planted in the fall, making it a good plant for beginning gardeners to grow.

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