Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Gardening in Cold Climates
What you'll learn
- Master the basics of growing flowers, vegetables, and other plants in cold climates where winter temperatures fall below freezing
- Establish your first garden using step-by-step instructions
- Select plants that are going to be successful in your garden space
- Grow hardy plants that can tolerate cooler temperatures and short seasons
- Move from a beginner gardener to more intermediate and advanced topics
- All you need is a tiny bit of soil and an interest in growing plants!
Hello fellow gardeners! This course is designed to help beginning gardeners get started and successfully grow flowers, vegetables, and other plants. So whether you’ve just bought your first house, have decided to try out a new hobby, or are interested in growing plants for a profit, this course will cover the fundamentals that you need to grow healthy and vibrant plants.
The course is designed for people living in colder climates, but this doesn't mean that you have to live in the Arctic! When it comes to gardening, a cold climate includes any place where the winter temperatures are below freezing for at least a few months of the year. This includes much of the northern part of the North America, from the northern Rockies through the Midwest to the Northeast in the United States. Besides the United States and Canada, there are lots of places with cold climates in Europe, Asia, and even parts of the southern hemisphere. In this course, we'll focus on working with the growing season where you live. This will ensure that you master the basics, and provide you with a foundation for moving onto more advanced topics like season extension.
The gardening fundamentals covered in the course curriculum will cover everything you need to know to get started, from understanding your growing space to preparing the soil and planting your garden. Several sections contain worksheets that will help you to assess your garden needs and create plans that are most well-suited to your goals and lifestyle. Additional resources are also provided to explore certain topics in more detail and provide how-to demonstrations.
Who this course is for:
- New and aspiring gardeners
- Gardeners living in cold climates—that is, places that have a real winter where temperatures fall below freezing
- Experienced gardeners may also benefit from reviewing foundational concepts, tools, and resources for improved garden success.
Hi, I'm Maria!
I love spending my time working with plants and enjoying nature, and and I want to help you enjoy these things as much as I do. I grew up in the countryside catching turtles and frogs. In high school, I became interested in gardening through summer jobs where I sold vegetables at a farm stand and then moved on to landscaping. I went on to pursue professional training in forest ecology and management. I've worked professionally to summarize and communicate scientific information about forests for more than 10 years.
I've always spent my spare time gardening and exploring the natural world, but it's only in the past year or two that I've decided to "level up" my expertise to help others. In addition to tending my own garden, I became a Master Gardener in 2017 and work on several community projects related to community garden education and nature-friendly gardening.
I'm really excited to provide online education to help more people learn how to garden. It's a wonderful activity because it provides so many benefits: healthy food, natural movement, stress reduction, making things beautiful, and helping the environment. I look forward to working with you. Cheers!