Smart Gardening with Vegetables 101 online course now available

Register for this self-paced course on how to successfully grow vegetables.

Salad greens and bok choy in bags
Learn how to grow vegetables in many ways, like fresh salad greens or bok choy in bags. Photo by Rebecca Krans, MSU Extension

Now is a great time to learn about growing your own vegetables. Plan to register for Michigan State Extension’s Smart Gardening with Vegetables 101 online course. This self-paced, introductory online course provides all you need to know to successfully start and grow a vegetable garden. Whether you have a large space, small space or plan to garden in containers, you will learn research-based practices for success. From seed starting to harvest, you will learn important concepts needed to select and grow fresh vegetables from start to finish.

According to a 2018 National Gardening Survey, 77% of all households participate in some type of gardening. In 2020, over 980 people registered for the Smart Gardening with Vegetables 101 online course, including beginners and experienced gardeners.

“I really enjoyed the course. I have been gardening since the mid-60s. I continue to learn more from courses like this. The access to this knowledge is great and I feel more accountable versus reading a book, and I have read many.” Michel, experienced gardener and Smart Gardening with Vegetables 101 participant
“I really enjoyed taking this class. I have always wanted to learn more about gardening and the basics. I think that the knowledge shared is for all kinds of gardeners. The set up was very easy to follow along and the handouts helped while learning.” Beginner gardener and Smart Gardening with Vegetables 101 participant
Co-hosts of class
Cohosts Rebecca Krans and Sarah Rautio stay connected with gardeners through monthly MSU Extension articles that remind them about what to think about during the growing season.

Participants have appreciated the self-paced nature of the course. Six modules consist of video presentations, polls and Extension-based gardening resources that can be saved on your computer for future use. Topics include:

  • Planning a vegetable garden and the importance of soil health
  • Planning and plant selection
  • Raised beds and containers
  • Seeds or transplants
  • Integrated pest management
  • Gardening activities (organic gardening, composting and seasonal planning)

If you are new to vegetable gardening, take advantage of this opportunity to learn vegetable gardening basics in six easy to understand science-based sessions from the comfort of your own home. The entire course is only $30 for over six hours of instruction.

Sign up for Smart Gardening with Vegetables 101

“I loved this course! The information was all presented in a very understandable fashion and I am very excited for all of the handouts that we were able to download for future reference. The information presented is directly applicable to home gardening and I would imagine can be used in some way by everyone who watched this course.” Smart Gardening with Vegetables 101 participant

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