Full course description

The past decade has seen a notable resurgence in home gardening as consumers increasingly focus on the environmental and nutritional impacts of gardening at home. Whether you are novice or more experienced gardener, gaining a deeper understanding of the inner workings of plants and soils supports gardening and landscaping success and efficiency. For those seeking to reduce cost and pollution, provide healthier meal options for their family, or create a beautiful retreat in their own yard, this gardening series created by the garden experts at USU Extension experts will guide you to success.

The Soils course explores the texture and structure of soil, why it’s important, and how to get it right. Composting is one way to amend soil and create the ideal environment for plant growth. Interest in composting continues to surge due to the benefits for the home garden, landscape and environment. Composting not only provides free gardening soil, but reduces the strain on local landfills. So, how do you choose the right site, container, and materials to compost? Is maintenance required? How long will it take until food and yard waste is ready to use? The soils course explains this and more, including tips for troubleshooting to keep your compost pile pest, stink, and combustion free, while creating nutrient rich gardening gold.

Do all landscapes and gardens require fertilizing?  How do you know if fertilizer is appropriate, and if it is how do you select the right one? Did you know that the method you use in applying fertilizer greatly impacts the effectiveness of the application? How can you tell if you have nutrient related problems?

The Soil Basics course is part of a larger gardening series, created to allow gardeners and landscapers of all levels of expertise to have greater success by learning from the gardening experts at USU. The eight courses in the gardening series include:

Basic Botany
Soil Basics
Pest Management
Turfgrass
Vegetables
Fruits & Nuts
Annuals & Perennials
Trees & Shrubs


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