Smart Vegetable Gardening 101 webinar series: An introductory online course for vegetable gardeners

Learn how to start vegetable gardening in your own backyard by attending the Smart Vegetable Gardening 101 online course.

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Would you like to enjoy the healthy benefits of eating your own homegrown vegetables? Are you interested in starting a vegetable garden? Would you like to increase your knowledge about basic vegetable gardening using Smart Gardening practices? If so, plan to sign up for the Smart Vegetable Gardening 101 online course. Participants will be introduced to all aspects of vegetable gardening, including learning how to get started, planning and preparation, plant and seed selection, types of gardening, maintaining the garden, soil preparation, starting and maintaining healthy plants, and various gardening activities. The importance of Smart Soils will be highlighted: don’t guess, soil test to see what nutrients are or are not available in your soil, as well as the practice of composting will be highlighted as a means to build organic matter within a soil.

By participating in this webinar, participants will be able to connect with two Michigan State University Extension consumer horticulture educators, Hal Hudson and Rebecca Krans. Attendees will also be able to ask questions via chat pods. It’s suggested that you plan to attend each session to get the most out of this online experience, but if you are not able to attend any one of the sessions, all registrants will receive recordings to view on their own time. Discussion, along with question and answer time, will be allotted as well.

Learn how you can contribute to the Smart Gardening principles of healthy soils, healthy plants and healthy lawns while you aim to grow good produce by using more earth-friendly techniques. These earth-friendly techniques will be highlighted during this series, such as sustainable practices of soil conversation with cover crops, use of mulches and organic practices.

You can access this webinar series from any computer. Be sure you have high speed Internet and have Adobe Connect downloaded on your computer. It is recommended that you test your connection. The class will run for six weeks starting on Tuesday, April 22 and run consecutively each Tuesday through May 27. Each nightly session runs from 6-7 p.m. EST. The cost of the class is $30.

Interested participants can register online before April 22. Once you’re registered, you will receive a link to the class via your email. All resource materials presented during the sessions will be available for downloading. You can also purchase an optional resource CD for $10 that will have additional educational materials relating to vegetable gardening.

For more information on a wide variety of Smart Gardening topics, visit the Gardening in Michigan website at or contact MSU’s toll-free garden hotline at 1-888-678-3464.

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