Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Gardening in Cold Climates
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- 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.
- 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.
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 those with more experience may also find it useful for reviewing basic concepts.
In this this course, you will learn about the unique challenges and opportunities of gardening in a cold climate. For the purposes of this course, a cold climate is anywhere that has a real winter season with freezing temperatures. I’ll help you uncover your individual gardening style and develop a plan for your gardening season. Since this course is designed for beginner gardeners, we will focus on how to make the most of your growing season so that you can master the basics.
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 about what aspects of gardening you are most interested in will allow you to focus and be more successful in your efforts.
A worksheet is provided to help you find your personal gardening style as you go through this section.
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.
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 the north, as well as some of the southernmost places in the world. A worksheet is provided to help you learn more about your local growing season as you go through this section.
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 you get started. A worksheet is provided to help you assess your garden location after you complete this lecture.
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.
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 conditions, like poor drainage or rocky soils. Containers provide opportunities for gardening in small spaces or can provide accents to larger gardens.
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 that they will yield flowers or fruit earlier– something that’s very important in a short garden season. Containers are also good for starting plants that may have a tough time germinating out of doors in coarse garden soils