Sow, Don’t Scroll: CSU’s Free Vegetable Course Returns to Encourage Spending Time Outside

May 18, 2022 | Member News

Now through May 26, 2022 Colorado State University (CSU) is offering a free, online, vegetable gardening course to inspire people to get off technology and get outside. Research shows that exposure to green spaces and gardening has extensive physical and mental benefits, including reduced anxiety, stress and depression, improved memory, increased life satisfaction, enhanced productivity, and more.

Normally $40 to register, the vegetable course is discounted for the next two weeks. Completing the self-paced program will teach participants:

  • Considerations for garden planning and planting times
  • Best practices for raised garden bed design
  • Proper soil preparation and fertilization for your vegetable garden
  • Routine garden care including mulching, irrigation, and water conservation
  • Proper routine care for tomatoes
  • Hints and tricks for growing other vegetables
  • How to identify frost protection tactics and microclimate modifications

Here’s what a past student said about taking the course:

“Tilling, augmenting, composting, watering, fertilizing, weeding, insects and all the rest – we were not doing it as well as could be done. The [online] course on vegetables was an eye opener on practices and techniques [for my] Colorado vegetable garden. This course is thorough and has great depth and breath – everyone can learn something new and useful.” – Michael C, Boulder County

No prior gardening experience is required to register. The price of the course increases on Thursday, May 26th. Register for the free vegetables course today at

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