The course starts with a section on Climate Change and Food Security to contextualize the importance of growing food. Next, I take some time to present a few ideas to help you focus and create a clear vision for integrating indoor gardening into your home and life.
I reserve a couple of sections to go over all the materials lists I’ve assembled so that you understand what everything is and what it’s used for. I’ll walk you through the process of building your indoor garden system with some additional resources I’ve developed.
After that, I cover some of the more technical topics; the plant life cycle and some basic plant anatomy, the functions that soil provide, and an introduction to hydroponics. Water is the most important component of hydroponic growing, so the section ends with a discussion about water quality and how it relates to the nutrient solutions we use.
The course then moves to discuss the first growing technique, Microgreens. Microgreens are covered first because they are easy to prepare, you can see results within a few days, and you can experience germinating seeds, preparing and delivering nutrients, and watching plants grow in your seedling station.
Microgreens get you started off on the right foot so that you can begin to explore the ZipGrow Tower. Operating a ZipGrow system requires a more thorough understanding of hydroponic growing.
Once I’ve covered how to germinate seedlings, you are encouraged to start your first batch of seedlings for your indoor garden system. Before closing the section, I’ll cover how to transplant seedlings into ZipGrow Towers.
The final sections of this course provide Action Guides and resources to help you diagnose the most common problems that occur with indoor gardening.