This is the gardening course is the first step for everyone that has ever wanted to dig their hands into the rich Earth and produce healthy, fresh vegetables, beautiful flowers and herbs, if they only knew where to start.
For the basic DIY fresh, organic, vegetable gardener under construction, this course is the start-from-scratch primer for anyone that wants to grow their own tomatoes or anything else. If you have a new community garden plot waiting to be planted but don't know where to start, this is it!
Here you will find detailed explanations that break the fundamental concepts of expert gardening down into basics that are easy to understand and apply. With video lectures, illustrations and links to other resources for further reading, this course opens the door to the world of gardening for the true beginner.
Take this course if you have two weeks, a weedy patch of dirt or a sunny window ledge, and a desire to have a relationship with the magic of life that also feeds us!
Soil Assessment: How to know what you're working with
Learn what to look for as you choose or take over your garden plot. This can be perennial or annual plants that you might want to keep if they are assets to the garden that you want to have in the future.
The basics of mapping your garden space, including taking note of traits like soil quality, slope, how you will access your garden, and how you will meet the basic needs of your garden like water sources and security.
Assess Your Garden Soil:
Inspect the soil with your hands and your other senses, looking for healthy soil and determining how to tell the difference between the soil particle sizes: Sand, Silt, and Clay.
Benefits and Functionality of Cover Crops.
How and why to keep your soil covered including examples:
Sweet potato, peas, vetch, alfalfa.
The characteristics of Annual Plants, including some visual examples from the garden.
Perennials defined with visual examples and their role in your garden.
The difference between Hybrid and Heirloom seeds explained.
Germination Rate defined.
What kind of soil/germination material to buy for your seed starting trays.
Brief explanation of the different types of materials used in seed starting mixes.
Demonstration and Explanation of how to plant tomato seeds in a seed starting tray with tips and strategies to avoid some common problems/beginner mistakes.
Description of the conditions that your seeds need to germinate and strategies to maintain them until your seeds sprout.
Make a plan and get started!
An Introduction to your new friends, the Pick, the Garden Fork and the Shovel and what garden tasks they are best suited for.
Tips and Demonstration of how to use the garden tools introduced in the last video.
Demonstration and Description of planting style for Lavender.
Detailed description and demonstration of how to transplant a young plant into your garden, including how water and use mulch to minimize weeding.
The differences between leggy and healthy seed starts.
A walk through the garden to with an explanation of how to harvest tomatoes and hot peppers.
More about ERay: "Master of his Abundant Green Minions, Tomato Whisperer, Forest Listener and Other Stuff, too!"
I have been involved in agriculture my entire life. I grew up on a farm where I first learned to love everything green and then went on to undergraduate study in agriculture to fill in some of the science behind the plants I love. After college, I shared family and community food gardening with families in Ecuador as part of my time in the Peace Corps. Since then I have had my own garden in addition to volunteering with an elementary school garden program in the states for a few years.
After years of dreaming about it, I finally left my position as a high school teacher and went to Southern France to WWOOF for a summer where I worked with several different small scale organic farmers to grow beautiful produce in a beautiful country.
Since then I have become a serious student of Permaculture and completed my Permaculture Design Certificate course in Spring '13. I am a lifelong student and teacher of how we can improve our lives and our planet with agriculture.
I enjoy sharing what I have learned and I my passion for teaching makes my classes fun and informative.
More about who I am and my other projects:
My blog: The Future We Grow Today