Practical Gardener

This course provides a basic understanding of cultural techniques that will enhance plant establishment, survival and health.  It emphasizes practical approaches and solutions to gardening situations and problems encountered by both the novice gardener and grounds maintenance personnel.

For students with no prior knowledge of plants or horticulture, also for persons already in the horticulture industry who deal with “home garden” issues on a regular basis – e.g. Garden Centre and Grounds Maintenance personnel.  And, of course, it is ideal for homeowners who wish to take their gardening techniques to the next level.

To give an overview of the contents, the individual module headings are:
Basic Botany, Plants for the West, Soils, Fertilizers, Disease and Insect Pests, Landscape Maintenance, Propagation, Pruning, Vegetable Gardening, Composting, Greenhouse, Container Gardens and Xeriscape Gardening.

Completion time: 12 months

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