BSA Supply No. 35902
Humans have been growing plants for thousands of years. Farmers and horticulturists make their living growing food and other plants, while other people grow gardens for pleasure. Becoming a good gardener requires a Scout to understand the science of growing plants—how to prepare the soil, how to select and plant seeds, and how to care for the growing plants.
- Do the following:
- Grow six vegetables, three from seeds and three from seedlings, through harvest.
- Grow six flowers, three from seeds and three from seedlings, through flowering.
- Give the food value of the following:
- Three root or tuber crops
- Three vegetables that bear above the ground
- Three fruits
- Test 100 seeds for germination. Determine the percentage of seeds that germinate.
Explain why you think some did not germinate.
- Visit your county extension agent's office, local university agricultural college,
nursery, or a botanical garden or arboretum. Report on what you learned.
- Identify five garden pests (insects, diseased plants). Recommend two solutions for
each pest. At least one of the two solutions must be an organic method.
- Do ONE of the following:
- Build a compost bin and maintain it for 90 days.
- Build a vermipost bin (worm compost bin) and maintain it for 90 days.
- Build a hydroponic garden containing three vegetables or herbs, or three ornamental
plants. Maintain this garden through harvest or flowering, or for 90 days.
- Build one water garden, either in a container (at least 12 by 6 inches and 6 inches
deep), or in the ground as a small, decorative pond no larger than 6 by 3 feet and
24 inches deep. Maintain the water garden for 90 days.
Insect Study, Landscape Architecture, Plant Science, and Soil and Water Conservation merit badge pamphlets.
- Brown, Deni. Eyewitness Garden Handbooks: Bulbs. DK Publishing, 1997.
- Bradley, Fern Marshall, and Barbara W. Ellis, eds. Rodale's All-New Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening. Rodale Press, 1992.
- Editors of Sunset Books and Sunset Magazine. National Garden Book. Sunset Books, 1997.
- Edwards, Ray, and the DK Publishing Staff. American Horticultural Society Practical Guides: Perennials. DK Publishing Merchandise, 1999.
- Gilroy, Diane K., and Carol H. Munson, eds. All-Time Best Gardening Secrets. Rodale Press Inc., 2000.
- Grey-Wilson, Christopher. American Horticultural Society Practical Guides: Annuals and Biennials. DK Publishing Merchandise, 2000.
- McDowell, C. Forrest, and Tricia Clark-McDowell. Home Composting Made Easy. Cortesia Press, 1998.
- Phillips, Ellen, and C. Colston Burrell. Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Perennials. Rodale Press, 1999.
- Robinson, Peter. American Horticultural Society Practical Guides, Ponds and Water Features. DK Pub Merchandise, 1999.
- Rosenfeld, Richard. American Horticultural Society Practical Guides: Herb Gardens. DK Publishing Merchandise, 1999.
- Sanchez, Janet, and the editors of Sunset Books. Perennials, second edition. Sunset Books, 2000.
- Toogood, Alan, and Linden Hawthorne. Eyewitness Garden Handbooks: Annuals and Biennials. DK Publishing, 1997.
The Growing Edge Magazine
P.O. Box 1027
Corvallis, OR 97339-1027
Toll-free telephone: 800-888-6785
Web site: http://www.growingedge.com
Organic Gardening Magazine
33 East Minor Street
Emmaus, PA 18098-0099
Web site: http://www.organicgardening.com
Organizations and Web Sites
American Horticultural Society
7931 East Boulevard Drive
Alexandria, VA 22308
Toll-free telephone: 800-777-7931
Web site: http://www.ahs.org
Aquaculture Information Network
Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium
Dauphin Island Sea Laboratory
101 Bienville Blvd.
P.O. Box 369-370
Dauphin Island, AL 36528
Web site: http://aquanic.org
Home and Garden Television (HGTV)
E. W. Scripps Co.
312 Walnut Street
2800 Scripps Center
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Web site: http://www.hgtv.com
National Gardening Association
1100 Dorset Street
South Burlington, VT 05403
Web site: http://www.garden.org
Old Farmer's Almanac
P.O. Box 520
Dublin, NH 03444
Web site: http://www.almanac.com
Trust for Public Land
116 New Montgomery Street, Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
Web site: http://www.tpl.org
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Washington, DC 20250
Web site: http://www.usda.gov
U.S. National Arboretum
3501 New York Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002-1958
Web site: http://www.usna.usda.gov
World Aquaculture Society
143 J. M. Parker Coliseum
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Web site: http://www.was.org