University of Missouri Extension will offer a webinar series to help beginning home gardeners grow a vegetable garden. The Zoom course covers the basics from planning and seed starting to diseases and insects.

Sessions are 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, March 25 to May 27. Live sessions include lectures followed by question-and-answer periods with MU Extension horticulture specialists.

“For those interested in growing their own food, this is a good course to start with, focusing on the basic knowledge for gardens,” said MU Extension horticulturist Debi Kelly.

Schedule of topics

  • March 25: Planning the garden.

  • April 1: Seed starting and sourcing plant materials.

  • April 8: Cool-season crops.

  • April 15: Alternative gardening methods (includes container, raised bed, square foot).

  • April 22: Crop fertility (includes making compost).

  • April 29: Warm-season crops.

  • May 6: Diseases in your garden.

  • May 13: Insects in your garden.

  • May 20: Herbs.

  • May 27: Perennial and specialty vegetables.

For questions, contact Kelly at kellyd@missouri.edu(opens in new window) or 636-797-5391.

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