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[[Gardening]] is one of the rarest [[Merit Badge]]s with only 1,715 earned in 2007!</big></center><br>
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MeritBadge.Org offers the Gardening Merit Badge Worksheet, lesson video links, and other Boy Scout
requirement resources you need. Cross-references are provided for related Merit Badges and Scout Awards.
Gardening is one of the rarest Merit Badges with only 1,715 earned in 2007!

Gardening merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 1911
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID: 055
Requirements revision: 2006
Latest pamphlet revision: 2005


Gardening 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, and discuss your observations throughout the process with your counselor:
    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 and record weekly observations. Discuss the results of your project with your counselor:
    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 is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2018 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #641568)

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  1. This badge is one of the elective merit badges of the William T. Hornaday Awards for Boy Scouts.

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See also

Scouts BSA portal
Venturing portal
Sea Scout portal
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