Sustainable Horticulture

WEBSITE IN PROGRESS —- NEW COURSE FALL 2019

Linda Chalker-Scott, PhD, Horticulture      Email: lindacs@wsu.edu

  • Extension Urban Horticulturist, Puyallup Research and Extension Center, Washington State University
  • Associate Professor, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Washington State University

Linda Chalker-Scott

“The Informed Gardener” webpage:www.theinformedgardener.com

“The Garden Professors” blog:www.gardenprofessors.com

“The Garden Professors” Facebook page –www.facebook.com/TheGardenProfessors

“The Garden Professors” Facebook group –www.facebook.com/groups/GardenProfessors

Week 1 – Introduction and basics

  • Scope of course – landscapes vs. production agriculture
  • Fact or fiction?
  • Assessing information
  • Practical plant and soil sciences

Week 2 – Site analysis

  • Environmental variable
  • Urban soils
  • Soil testing

Week 3 – Plant selection

  • Landscape functions
  • Choosing quality nursery plants
  • Native vs. nonnative plants

Week 4 – Project #1

Week 5 – Sustainable soil management

  • Soil preparation and protection
  • Mulches

Week 6 – Landscape plant installation

  • Root preparation
  • Planting
  • Aftercare

Week 7 – Growth management

  • Pruning

Week 8 – Water management

  • Water sources
  • Water mobility in landscape

Week 9 – Soil management

  • Plant nutrients
  • Fertilizers – commercial vs. homemade
  • Dealing with nutrient deficiencies and toxicities

Week 10 – Plant health management

  • Diagnosing abiotic and biotic problems
  • IPM for landscape horticulture

Week 11 – Special landscapes

  • Home vegetable garden considerations

To be completed…

Week 12

Week 13

Week 14

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