Gardening 101: Step by Step From Dream to Harvest!

Learn core concepts and practical skills to transform your yard or community garden plot into a productive wonderland.
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  • Lectures 22
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 3/2016 English

Course Description

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!

What are the requirements?

  • Students need to be ready to dedicate time and space to their new garden, in addition to acquiring the right tools as described in Section 2.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Choose the right Garden Plot by assessing the Soil, Location and other characteristics
  • Prepare your Soil to support healthy, bountiful, resilient plants using natural, proven soil-building methods
  • Select the best seeds and plants for your garden based on your preferences and your specific location

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is designed for the beginning to expert gardener that wants to better understand the fundamental principles of Preparing Healthy Soil and Garden Planning, and how to applying them.
  • This course is NOT for long time gardeners with established gardens and thorough understandings of soil structure and biology looking to refine their cultivation of specific crops.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: First Look: Welcome to Your Garden

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.


Some tools and strategies on how to document your garden, including materials that are helpful and convenient ways to remember what you planted and where. 

Section 2: Soil: The Foundation

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. 


Taking a look at soil that has been amended. 

Learn to assess different materials you find in healthy soil like different insects and types of plant residues. 

Section 3: Seeds and Plants: What, When and Where

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. 

Section 4: Starting Your Own Seeds Indoors

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. 

Section 5: Time to Get Your Hands Dirty: Let's Garden!

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. 

How to Plant: Chamomile
How to Plant: Spinach
Section 6: Transplanting into Your Garden

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. 

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Instructor Biography

Mr ERay G, Organic Farming Educator and Permaculture Designer

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

twitter: @ERay_G

instagram: e_ray_g

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