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How to Start a New Garden


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Starting an Organic Garden
Lesson 1 – "How to Start a New Garden" by
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What you'll learn in this course

Do you dream of filling your kitchen with fresh food grown in your own backyard? In this course, get in-depth guidance on organic fruit and vegetable gardening from the GrowOrganic experts. From site selection and support structures, to nutrient-rich compost and toxin-free pest control, this course covers the essentials of homegrown organics. Whether you live in the city or the country, all you need is a patch of sunlit ground and basic gardening supplies to cultivate healthy produce!

How to Start a New Garden
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Homegrown veggies taste better, and are easier on the wallet than their store-bought counterparts. Start your own garden and enjoy the fruits of your labor!
  • Lesson Intro
  • Picking a Good Spot
  • Exercise - Little Miss Sunshine
  • Prepping the Soil
  • Exercise - Till
  • Building Soil Beds
  • Exercise - Stay in Bed
  • Finishing Touches
  • Planting
  • Final Assignment
How to Support Plants in Your Garden
3 min
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If your plants are tall and top heavy or fruit bearing and need to be trellised, learn how to give them the support they need, in this lesson from Grow Organic!
  • Lesson Intro
  • Bamboo Scaffold
  • Exercise - Bamboo Scaffold
  • Bamboo Tepee
  • Exercise - Bamboo Tepee
  • Twine & Ground Staples
  • Exercise - Twine & Ground Staples
  • Final Assignment
Gardening and Plant Nutrition
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Vitamins aren’t just for people—minerals, micronutrients, and macronutrients can help your plants grow big and strong—so learn about proper plant nutrition!
  • Lesson Intro
  • Non-Minerals & Macronutrients
  • Exercise - Building Blocks
  • Micronutrients
  • Exercise - Soil Testing
  • Organic Soil Amendments
  • Exercise - Soil Boosting
  • Plant Multivitamins
  • Exercise - Improving Plant Health
  • Final Assignment
How to Start Your Own Compost Pile
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Composting transforms waste headed for the landfill into nutrient-dense plant food—and it couldn’t be easier! Learn how in this lesson from Grow Organic.
  • Lesson Intro
  • Getting Started
  • Exercise - Pile vs. Bin
  • Building Compost Pile
  • Exercise - Steps for Success
  • Maintaining Compost Pile
  • Exercise - Timeline
  • Final Thoughts
  • Exercise - Benefits
  • Final Assignment
How to Start Lasagna Gardening
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Want to make an easy and nutrient-rich garden bed without any digging? Discover sheet layering or 'lasagna gardening', a slow compost process with no tilling.
  • Lesson Intro
  • Getting Started
  • Exercise - First Step
  • Layering Compositing Material
  • Exercise - Timeline
  • Maintaining Bed
  • Exercise - Speed the Process
  • Final Assignment
Organic Fly and Mosquito Control
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Summer means bugs. But if you're besieged by flies and mosquitoes, don't resort to toxins! Learn these organic ways to combat pesky garden insects.
  • Lesson Intro
  • Controlling Fly Larva with Parasites
  • Exercise - Schedule
  • Controlling Adult Flies with Traps
  • Exercise - Ingredients
  • Exploring Additional Traps
  • Controlling Mosquitos
  • Exercise - Mosquito Eater
  • Final Assignment
How to Plant a Fruit Tree
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January isn't just the time for a new year- it's the time for a new orchard! Learn how to plant a thriving new bare root fruit tree in your garden.
  • Lesson Intro
  • Multi-Graft Tree
  • Exercise - Characteristics
  • Digging the Planting Hole
  • Exercise - Hole Size
  • Planting Tips
  • Exercise - Sun or Shade?
  • Learning About Grafts
  • Finishing Up
  • Exercise - Fertilizer
  • Final Assignment
How to Prune Trees and Plants
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Pruning is essential for the health of any garden, whether you are promoting growth or removing a dead limb. Learn the basics in this lesson from Grow Organic!
  • Lesson Intro
  • Basic Pruning Tools
  • Exercise - Tool Time
  • Using Pruning Tools
  • Exercise - Leverage
  • Types of Pruning Cuts
  • Exercise - Heading Cuts
  • Using a Saw
  • Exercise - Branch Size
  • Using a Ladder
  • Exercise - Safety First
  • Final Assignment
Growing Onions, Shallots, and Leeks
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Onions, shallots, and leeks lend incredible flavor to soups, sauces, and other recipes. Learn how to cultivate these alliums in your own home garden!
  • Lesson Intro
  • Onions 101
  • Exercise - Bulb
  • Gopher Proofing
  • Soil Prepping
  • Exercise - Soiled Up
  • Planting Transplants
  • Exercise - Tops
  • Planting Sets
  • Exercise - Root Hairs
  • Planting Leeks
  • Exercise - Leeky Harvest
  • Planting Shallots
  • Exercise - Shallot Spacing
  • Finishing Touches
  • Final Assignment
How to Grow Asparagus
2 min
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Looking for a nutritious vegetable that you could harvest for up to 20 years with only one planting? Learn how to plant and care for asparagus!
  • Lesson Intro
  • Prepping the Bed
  • Exercise - Needy Gus
  • Prepping the Soil
  • Exercise - Soil Test Results
  • Planting
  • Exercise - Speed the Process
  • Harvesting
  • Final Assignment
How to Plant and Grow Tomatoes
3 min
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Nothing says summer like a juicy vine-ripened tomato, so grow your own! Learn how to plant and protect your tomatoes in this lesson from Grow Organic.
  • Lesson Intro
  • Planting
  • Exercise - Roots
  • Protecting the Plant
  • Exercise - Tomato Crater
  • Final Assignment
All About Tomato Pruning & Diseases
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Enjoy delicious vine-ripened tomatoes this summer! Learn how to prune your tomato plants and how to deal with common problems like cracking skin and blight.
  • Lesson Intro
  • Pruning
  • Exercise - Indeterminate
  • Common Problems
  • Exercise - Blotchy
  • Diseases
  • Final Assignment
How to Plant and Grow Goji Berries
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Looking to plant a berry in your yard that's easy to look after and loaded with antioxidants? Learn how to plant, tend, and prune goji berries!
  • Lesson Intro
  • Overview
  • Exercise - Native
  • Planting Container
  • Exercise - Container Size
  • Planting Goji Berries
  • Exercise - Compost
  • Pruning Tips
  • Exercise - Time to Trim
  • Final Assignment
How to Grow and Care for Blueberries
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Blueberries are tasty, incredibly good for your health, and can also be grown in your own garden! Learn how you can cultivate this delicious crop.
  • Lesson Intro
  • Variety
  • Exercise - Chill Hours
  • Prepping the Soil
  • Exercise - Soil Preference
  • Planting Blueberries
  • Caring for Blueberries
  • Exercise - Water
  • Pruning Tips
  • Wrapping Up
  • Final Assignment
  • 14 step-by-step lessons to master what's important
  • 51 minutes of learning-packed video that isn't sleep-inducing
  • 49 exercises and 14 assignments with personalized teacher feedback
  • 23 attachments so you can learn by actually doing
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  • David S: Thank you so much Last year deer ate all of my tomatoes
  • Asha S: Good one again!
  • James S: Great job. I'm new to this so thank you for doing such a good job.
  • Tom S: Love your organic ways of living : )
  • Subodh K: Why not learn to grow your own vegetables and that too organic?
  • beatrice t: hi what vegies can I grow in containers and how do I tend to them thanks for the lesson it was really informative. I am going to repeat it so that I can make sure I get the confidence I need to grow my garden. thanks again have a great day
    • Most vegetables grow well in containers. Cucurbits like squash, pumpkins and cucumbers might be a bit dicy, but if you had a big containers and a compact bush squash you could do it. Root vegetables will do well as long as the container is deep enough. Peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, and greens are very easy to grow in containers.
  • Ary P: Nice
  • terrance w: great lesson,thank you so much;information i can use right away.
  • Cathy J: I loved this
  • fariba n: Thank you
  • Fernando P: Thank you!, great lesson.
  • Priyanka K: Thank you
  • Shella Robin C: Great tips. Thanks!
  • Shella Robin C: Great Tips. Thanks!
  • Ralph W: Very good presentation.
  • Meghan C: I love this
  • Mariah Z: Hello Sound wonderful it just that I can't afford some of the equipment .
    • Yeah, if you can find second hand tools they are often great tools and just need maybe some sanding and sharpening to be serviceable. Or borrow from friends, a shovel, a rake, and a hose are all you really need.
  • Kathy D: Very informative! Thank you!
  • Gee W: Good info. Can you do a city style garden for small spaces?
  • Nadir S: Thanks guys! This was a very helpful video and I really appreciated the questions after each segment! COOL! I'm so excited!
  • Paul T: Appreciate this app so much! Organic planting made easy and intelligible, thank you so much :)
  • Kimberly A: Thank you for all of your helpful information. This is my first time trying to grow anything.
  • Stephanie L: Looking forward to learning more from you. Great tips and tricks to starting my own garden this year!
  • Isaac F: Great!
    • Isaac F: What are your tips for terraced gardening? Unfortunately, I don't have very much flat land around my place, so I was thinking of using a hillside on my property. All help is appreciated!
    • Hmmm, I'd do the same basic things but with a series of retaining walls or something. Or you can grow an orchard, slopes are great places for fruit trees.
    • Thanks!
  • glen J: thanks for the tips, they helped me get started
  • Kwame O: Very simply but instructively and practically delivered Thank you so much.
  • Tricia W: very nice, thank you.
  • Karen G: Thanks for the easy to understand and informative lesson!
  • Jim Junichi J: You never disappoint
  • Deborah M: Thanks for the tips.
  • Cesar C: I always go miracle grow,sometimes not even fertilizers,just soil.thanks
  • Norman C: Some useful tips, thank you.
  • Martie V: Nice, clean, quick and not over simplified. She made it look easy, because it is. She made me feel like I don't have to overthink. Thank you!
  • Connie R: Great job, I am going to try the card board and paper in the garden.
  • Padma G: I loved all the tips. Unfortunately, gardening is too expensive for a retiree. I enjoy just watching the process of gardening and that gives me immense satisfaction. Take care.
    • Thank you! I understand what your saying, if you want gardening to be cheap it usually requires a lot of energy. If you're ever interested in gardening, look up square foot gardening, very inexpensive and easy method.
  • Christine S: Great lesson!
  • Terry C: Interesting, thanks
  • J B: Thanks, JB
  • Cheryl B: Thank you I can't wait to start my garden
  • R A: Thanks for the lesson.
  • Emma S: love to watch your tutorials! Thank you Patricia!!
  • Maria S: Good lesson on gardening. Thank you.
  • Lisa b: Thank you.
  • jeff k: I never thought of letting the weeds germinate first before planting. What a great idea!
  • fariba n: Tank you
  • joyce c: Learned a lot that I will definitely apply! Thank you.
  • Fyre F: Enjoyed the lesson, informative. Thank you!
  • Gina f: Tell what you'll need (tools) or tell the title of the video that does :)
    • Check out this blog with a list:
  • Amber S: Thank you again, you are a bright person!