In practicing this skill, patience is key. You'll begin by cultivating a single edible plant variety, then expand your skills into additional plant species and learn more about eco-friendly practices you can use in your gardening.
Gardener Skills Tracker
(1) Grow one vegetable, herb, or fruit from seed or seedling through harvest.
Research the methods used to cultivate and correctly harvest the species you’ve chosen to grow. Information can often be found on seed packets, at gardening centers, and online.
(2) Grow six vegetables, herbs, or fruits from seed or seedling through harvest.
Practice setting reminders and establishing schedules for gardening responsibilities like watering, pruning, and weeding.
(3) Research sustainable gardening practices, pollinator information, and edible plants native to your area. Document what you learn.
Information on these topics are often provided by county extension offices and websites (in the US) as well as master gardeners in your region.
(4) Grow six native, pollinator-friendly species of plant.
If you cannot garden outdoors, consider saving the seeds from your plants to distribute to people you know with outdoor space.
(5) Build and maintain a compost bin for at least 90 days or grow six native, edible plants from seed or seedling through harvest.
Consider making connections with other local gardeners, whether that’s a neighbor with a green thumb or a member of your local community garden.
You can also download the skills tracker as a printable .PDF here.
Resources to Get You Started
Getting Your Badge
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