Meetings: none scheduled, optional consultations with instructor; online course
Book required: HomeGrown Herbs, Tammi Hartung, Storey Publ, 255pp (or Kindle version)
optional: Your Backyard Herb Garden, Miranda Smith, Rodale Press
What It’s About:
This course will be of use to
anyone interested in learning more on this always popular
group of plants. Sufficient
background is provided through the texts and supplemental
materials for any,regardless of prior background knowledge. Herbs have been used by so many
worldwide for many centuries, and consistently remain popular
both for flower and vegetable gardeners, or those merely
interested in herbs and using them. Students,
home gardeners, beginning agricultural producers, retailers
and their staff, will benefit from this course, no matter the
region of the country.
How It Works:
This completely online course is based on the chapters of the text, grouped into five tests:
1. Selection and Design (chapters 1-2)
2. Culture (chapters 3-6—soils, propagation, maintenance, pests and diseases)
3. Harvesting (chapter 7)
4. Using herbs (chapters 8-9, in personal care and cooking)
5. Plants (chapter 10, main herbs and their specific needs and uses)
Tests are open book, untimed, done online, and will be
comprised of several question formats.
You can stop and resume tests later, but once submitted this
will be your grade. Tests are designed to
reinforce student’s familiarity with the material, to
synthesize various topics, and to problem solve.An ID test
will help you get familiar with both photos and line drawings
of key herbs.
The final garden plan project will guide and provide practice to students in creating a personalized herb garden for their needs and purposes. This should be on a specific topic such as edible flowers, cooking, historic, ornamental, or a specific crop such as various mints, basils, or thymes. Alternatively, students may choose to prepare a plan for an herb growing or business enterprise (such as medicinal herbs). Communications including meetings, if needed, with the professor will provide guidance and ideas, suggestions for improvements, and considerations from plant choice through culture.
Grades will be determined on a 10 point standard scale, ie 90-100=A, 80-89=B, etc. Within each letter, grades will be split, such as 90-92=A-, 93-97=A, 98-100=A+. Quizzes will be taken online (open book), with automatic grading (once your quiz is submitted you'll get the score). The design plan will be graded manually as shown below.