This series of short courses is excerpted from OSU’s Master Gardener online course, allowing you to study specific fundamentals of gardening.
In Soils and Compost, you will learn about the impact of soil texture and composition on soil quality, pH levels, and soil nutrients. You will also explore fertilizer types and application techniques, as well as how to produce compost.
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
OSU’s Master Gardener Short Course Series includes the following 12 on-demand gardening courses:
Please note: If you're interested in receiving a Certificate of Home Horticulture, please visit our Certificate in Home Horticulture page or the Home Horticulture Summer Intensive course. The on-demand short courses are designed to boost your expertise, however, they will not lead to the full Certificate of Home Horticulture. Also please note, you will have access to the on-demand course materials for one year after your registration date.
You also might be interested in the Online Urban Agriculture program. This program is a great way to learn about farming and gardening right where you live. And in just a few weeks, you'll be growing your food and adding natural beauty to your neighborhood!
To learn more and get started, the first urban agriculture course in the series is FREE.
Signe Danler is a veteran Master Gardener and landscape designer with a Masters of Ag degree in Horticulture. In the Master Gardener Online program, she uses her experience and training in gardening, urban forestry and ecological landscaping to communicate about and promote sustainable gardening and landscaping practices.
Gail Langellotto is a Professor of Horticulture at Oregon State University, where she also serves as the Principle Investigator of the Garden Ecology Lab and leads the statewide Oregon State University Master Gardener program. She has a M.S. and Ph.D. in entomology, and has published research on topics as diverse as the costs of starting and maintaining a vegetable garden, pollinator-friendly gardens, and the benefits of gardening to healthy eating. Her OSU Extension Service and outreach efforts are focused on communicating research-backed management practices to home gardeners. For the online Master Gardener and urban agriculture PACE courses, she supervises overall course development, and reviews and contributes to course content.