Attention new gardeners: The secret to successful gardening is having a solid foundation and framework
Lay the groundwork for gardening excellence with Garden Tutor! With a proper foundation new gardeners will save time, energy and money instead of learning by trial and error. Garden Tutor combines the information and tools to provide a true multimedia learning experience that enables new gardeners to approach any gardening situation with confidence and competence.
What to expect from Garden Tutor
Garden Tutor will teach you how to evaluate your garden site, how to develop garden styles, how to select plants, and how to care for your garden as well.
What you get from Garden Tutor
Garden Tutor gives you the knowledge and tools to design, install and maintain beautiful gardens with confidence and competence.
Garden Tutor Course
For many of us gardening is a mystery; we plant things that look good, we are happy if the plants survive, yet we are not surprised when things don’t work out the way we wanted. We may read books or speak to others but in the end we still end up relying on intuition to direct us. While this process may lead to successful gardens it usually takes years of experience to develop the confidence and competence to enjoy consistently successful gardens.
The goal of Garden Tutor course and kit is simple: to give you the skills that a professional gardener would employ without having to invest considerable time or money. This course will give you the fundamentals of successful gardening, but it will also do much more than that. It will teach you how to evaluate your garden site, how to develop garden styles, how to select plants, and how to care for your garden as well. In short, it will show you the gardening process: how all those little bits of information fit together into a coherent, complete understanding of what it takes to garden with confidence. That is why the Garden Tutor is the key that unlocks the mysteries of successful gardening.
This course will help anyone plan and plant a garden site. While there is no substitute for hands-on experience, the systematic approach you learn with this kit will have you experimenting and designing with confidence quickly. Successful gardening requires much more than a good imagination. It requires a working knowledge of the things that constrain a gardener: climate, soil, plants, and maintenance, to name a few.
Garden Tutor gives you the knowledge and tools you need to understand these constraints, and gives them to you through our a step-by-step online course and easy-to-use Garden Tutor kit. TELL ME MORE!
Module 1: Site
What is a site? Your site is the place where plants go: a garden, flower pot, window box, yard. While most people think of a site as just a plot of dirt, it really is more than that: the site includes all of the ingredients that make it unique, such as its soil and climate. …
Module 2: Style
What is Style? Style can be many things to many people. For you it will be the unique way you arrange the materials that will make up your garden. Usually, creating garden designs with style is a compromise between your wants and your constraints. Wants will vary from person to person. A family with six …
Module 3: Selection
You will probably get plants and seeds from retail garden centers (nurseries) or from mail order retailers. Large nurseries usually have a wide range of plants; smaller garden centers usually have a smaller stock of plants to choose from, but you can often find a more relaxed and helpful sales staff. Mail order suppliers may …
Module 4: Design
Up to now we have discussed principles and techniques for evaluating your site, designing gardens, and selecting plants. In this module we take up the process of actually creating your garden. The following steps should get you started: Determine the conditions in your garden site by doing site analysis. Compile a list of your site …
Module 5: Prepare
Unless you are already endowed with good soil and a ready site, you will need to prepare your soil for planting. Preparation involves laying out your site, removing anything that has to go, making beds, and amending and grading your soil. Depending on your design and your site, this could be very easy work or …
Module 6: Preview
Place your plants (still in their containers) in the bed and space them as the label indicates using the enclosed tape measure. When measuring the distance between plants, measure from the center of one plant to the center of the next plant. Step back and take a good look at your arrangement; if you want …
Module 7: Plant
You should be ready to plant now. Follow the directions on the plant label, if provided. Use a shovel or hand trowel to dig holes. Clean-up, mulch, and water when done. The following are general instructions for different types of plants: Balled and burlapped plants You should remove the burlap and wire basket (if the …
Module 8: Maintain
A clean garden is not like a clean room. A mulch will fade, weeds will crop up, and your sharp edges will blur. Your goal is not to fight a battle with nature but to work with it. Your maintenance and devotion can help your garden evolve into a complex, beautiful growth, but it should …