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Course Description

woman in red shirt and blue shorts tending to large garden

Growing Plants provides an overview of the cultural practices required to grow fruits, vegetables, cool-season turfgrasses and water plants, as well as the common propagation techniques. This course is an introduction and taste of these very large topics. Cultural practices apply whether you are growing a small backyard garden or large community plot.This course covers production practices for fruits and vegetables and provides an introduction to managing cool-season turfgrasses. Plant propagation techniques, including seed, division and cuttings are discussed, as well as the selection and maintenance of plants in the water garden.

Designed For

Learners wishing to improve their horticultural skills.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:
  1. Distinguish desired growing requirements of common vegetable and fruit crops;
  2. Identify and apply crop specific cultural practices and pest management strategies to urban crops;
  3. Compare turfgrass management maintenance levels and propose site specific turfgrass cultivars, cultural practices and pest management strategies;
  4. Compare sexual and asexual propagation techniques and select appropriate plant propagation techniques for herbaceous and woody plant material; and
  5. Evaluate pond ecosystems and water plant communities and create balanced pond ecosystems through appropriate plant selection and cultural practices.

Course Topics

  • Vegetable Production
  • Fruit Production
  • Turfgrass Management
  • Plant Propagation
  • Water Plants


Assessment Item Weight
Graded Discussions (2 x 10%) 20%
Quizzes (2 x 15%) 30%
Assignment 1: Fruit or Vegetable Crop Research Paper 20%
Assignment 2: Q&A on Grass 10%
Assignment 3: Propagation Plan 20%
Total 100%

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

*Course details are subject to change.


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