Edible Gardening for Demonstration and Education (11:035:288)

Note: This syllabus is for general information about the course. The instructor will provide you with an updated syllabus specific for the semester of enrollment.

Course Description

2 Credits. This course introduced the techniques and materials needed to plant a residential, community, or educational garden of plants. Students will develop skills in soil sampling, site selection and preparation, seed germination, and general maintenance of an edible garden. Students will be equipped with information and skills for replicating the garden process with youth and other audiences. The course does not assume prior knowledge in plant science.

Learning Goals

  • Demonstrate skills for soil sampling, site selection and preparation
  • Identify and describe tools used for garden preparation and maintenance
  • Prepare soil and apply soil amendments
  • Demonstrate techniques for sowing seeds, transfer, planting, maintaining the garden and harvesting
  • Develop an instructional plan for replicating the process with other audiences

Required Text

Vegetable Gardening: From Planting to Picking – How to Create a Beautiful Garden, 2012, Readers Digest Association.

Gardening With Children, Beth Richardson, 1998, Taunton Press.

Textbooks will be supplemented with Cooperative Extension factsheets and bulletins.

Basis for Grading

Typical grading consists of:

  • Quizzes: 50%
  • Exam: 30%
  • Class participation: 20%


Typical topics include:

  • Seed germination
  • Site selection
  • Soil testing
  • Cool weather vegetable crops
  • Growing seedlings under artificial light
  • Soil cultivation
  • Hardening off seedlings
  • Warm weather vegetable crops
  • Weed control in the garden
  • Pest control in the garden
  • Your garden as a tool for education

Academic Integrity

As an academic community dedicated to the creation, dissemination, and application of knowledge, Rutgers University is committed to fostering an intellectual and ethical environment based on the principles of academic integrity. Academic integrity is essential to the success of the University's educational and research missions, and violations of academic integrity constitute serious offenses against the entire academic community. This academic integrity policy is designed to guide students as they prepare assignments, take examinations, and perform the work necessary to complete their degree requirements.

Students are required to adhere to the professional standards outlined in the Rutgers University policies on academic integrity, which are available Policy on Academic Integrity (PDF) and at: Office of Student Judicial Affairs. http://academicintegrity.rutgers.edu/integrity.shtml.

Attendance and Participation Policy

Students are expected to actively participate in all of the online activities for the course. Attendance in the online sessions is determined by thorough, thoughtful, relevant and on time contributions made in the weekly assignments including threaded discussions, reaction papers and quizzes. The course proceeds with the assumption that students have thoughtfully read and reviewed the assigned materials.

Students are responsible for completion of all assigned readings, materials discussed and assignments on or before the assigned due date.

Accessibility at Rutgers

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