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*2: [http://www.thefoodcoach.com.au/food.asp The Food Coach: Food Value Database]
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*3: [http://gardening.wsu.edu/library/vege004/vege004.htm How to Test Seeds for Germination]
*5: [http://www.gardenguides.com/pests/pestinfo/ Common Garden Pests] A comprehensive guide on garden pests and how to get rid of them.
*5: [http://www.gardenguides.com/pests/pestinfo/ Common Garden Pests] A comprehensive guide on garden pests and how to get rid of them.
*6a: [http://extension.missouri.edu/xplor/agguides/hort/g06957.htm How to Build a Compost Bin] Several designs from the University of Missouri.
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Revision as of 12:09, February 5, 2013

Resources include the Gardening merit badge worksheet Adobe Acrobat PDF, links, and cross-references to related badges and awards.  Prev  -  Next  

Gardening merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 1911
Renamed from: Gardener
BSA Advancement ID: 055
Requirements revision: 2013
Latest pamphlet revision: 2013

Contents

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.


The Gardening merit badge was one of the original 57 merit badges issued by the Boy Scouts of America in 1911. It replaced the 1910 Gardener "Badge of Merit". Gardening is one of the elective merit badges for the William T. Hornaday awards for Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts.


Gardening merit badge requirements

  1. Do the following:
    a. Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards associated with gardening and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these hazards.
    b. Discuss the prevention of and treatment for health concerns that could occur while gardening, including cuts, scratches, puncture wounds, insect bites, anaphylactic shock, heat reactions, and reactions from exposure to pesticides and fertilizers.
  2. Do the following:
    a. Grow six vegetables, three from seeds and three from seedlings, through harvest.
    b. Grow six flowers, three from seeds and three from seedlings, through flowering.
  3. Give the nutritional value of the following:
    a. Three root or tuber crops.
    b. Three vegetables that bear above the ground.
    c. Three fruits.
  4. Test 100 seeds for germination. Determine the percentage of seeds that germinate. Explain why you think some did not germinate.
  5. Visit your county extension agent’s office, local university agricultural college, nursery, or a botanical garden or arboretum. Report on what you learned.
  6. Explain to your counselor how and why honeybees are used in pollinating food crops and the problems that face the bee population today. Discuss what the impact to humanity would be if there were no pollinators.
  7. 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.
  8. Do ONE of the following:
    a. Build a compost bin and maintain it for 90 days.
    b. Build a vermipost bin (worm compost bin) and maintain it for 90 days.
    c. Build a hydroponic garden containing three vegetables or herbs, or three ornamental plants. Maintain this garden through harvest or flowering, or for 90 days.
    d. 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.
    e. Prepare a honey super for use on a hive or colony. Remove a filled honey super from the hive or colony and prepare the honey for sale.


The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2014 Edition (BSA Supply No. 33216 - SKU# 619576)

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Notes

Worksheet A FREE workbook for Gardening is available here! Adobe Acrobat PDF
with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need!
Or click here to print just the Gardening requirements.
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Webelos workbooks, and Cub Scout workbooks.
  1. Gardening is a rare merit badge!


Requirement resources


Related awards

Ecology-related awards
Hobby-related awards


History

The Gardener Merit Badge was one of the original merit badges from the 1910 BSA Handbook. It was renamed to Gardening in 1911


See also

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Varsity Scout portal
Venturing portal
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