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Horticultural Science Course to benefit Master Gardeners

UPDATE: This course is approved for education hours for current Master Gardeners!   

(Does not include advanced education hours.)

Dusty Baker Adamson will be teaching an open enrollment Horticultural Science (Gardening) course at the local Salem Homeschool Academy housed at Southern Hills Church in Salem.  Please share this information with anyone that might be interested in attending and learning about basic gardening.

The course will run Mondays for 8-weeks, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., beginning March 30th.

Cost is $40 plus a $20 supply fee.

All proceeds will be donated to the Salem Homeschool Academy and the Good Earth Master Gardeners!

Course Description: This is an eight-week multi-age gardening course introducing plant basics, Indiana soils, gardening tools and techniques, plant propagation, plant types, growing food vs. ornamental and landscape planting, garden planning and layouts, plant identification, diseases and pests, permaculture, sustainability and forest gardening. Students will diagram gardens for their homes, plant seedlings, and delineate soils in the classroom. In Week 7, students will participate in a field trip to practice plant identification and propagation through division, while also taking home starter plants. 

Week 1: Plant Basics, Plant Names & Identification: Learn parts of a plant, life cycles, how plants work, plant taxonomy, and steps in plant identification

Week 2: Indiana Soils & Fertilizers: Explore the components of soil, pH Values, the soil triangle, texture, organic matter, nutrients, problems and solutions

Week 3: Gardening Tools & Techniques: Types of tools, contamination, seasonal care, watering, mulching, containers, potting mixes, composting

Week 4: Plant Propagation: Growing plants from seeds, storing seeds, germination, nurturing seedlings, asexual propagation (cuttings, layering, divisions, grafting), indoor propagation

Week 5: Vegetables, Herbs, & Fruit: Types, requirements, preparation, fertilization, transplants, basic care, harvesting, culinary herbs, fruit varieties, pollination

Week 6: Garden Planning & Diagramming, Ornamental vs. Landscape: Learn how to plan a garden, considering soil and plant types, sun exposure, utilizing native species, etc.

Week 7: Plant Diseases & Pests (Diagnosing): Fungi, viruses, signs and symptoms, arthropods, beneficial insects, slugs and snails, vertebrate pests, preventing garden damage, with Field Trip, Tree & Plant Identification and Division Propagation

Week 8: Permaculture, Sustainability & Forest Gardening: Focus on reducing chemical use, pollution, yard waste, and water use, while utilizing environmental cues to plan and sustain a beautiful, prolific, and lasting garden that is in harmony with its surroundings.


Below are a few pictures from my gardens.

For more, go to my gardening and permaculture blog, permie love!

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Mother Nature cancels meeting!

If you haven’t already suffered through a day of Mother Nature’s latest wrath, today is one not to be a first!  Due to the extreme cold from the Arctic front, tonight’s meeting at the Purdue Extension office has been cancelled.

See you all in February!

WAVE 3 Weather

Photo Credit: WAVE 3 Weather

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