Sustainable Garden Care Spring 2022

Welcome to Sustainable Garden Care! All course content such as assignments, presentations slides, and resources will be posted to this webpage. Check this page the day after each scheduled class to see updated content and information. Class meets online (you should receive log-in information from NYBG) every week on Monday starting April 25th and ending on May 16th, 6pm to 8pm.

Class 1: Soils and Amendments

Class Presentation

Power Point Slides (PDF)

Soils Assignment

Download the soil assignment below. Please email your responses to steve@steveconaway.com before class on Monday, May 2nd. If they are submitted early enough we can discuss responses at the beginning of the course. The weekly assignments are 60% of the final grade and draft sections for your final Sustainable Garden Care Plan! If you submit them on time I will be able to give you feedback and edits for your final.

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Required Reading for Next Class


Please read through the story-map at the link below before our next class. It will give some useful context on water conservation and stormwater management with a local example of NYC’s freshwater and wastewater systems. New York City's Watershed Story Map by Juan Martinez, Columbia University's Earth Institute, 2019


If you would like additional information on the topic you can also look at the NYC Department of Environmental Protection Virtual Tours of New York's Watershed and Wastewater.


Additional Soil Resources

Soil Assessment

Soil Testing Services

University Co-operative Extension testing services such as:

List of Soil Testing Labs Nationwide

Soil Contamination

Soil Biology

Amendments and Compost


Class 2: Water Conservation and Management

Class Presentation

Power Point Slides (PDF)

Water Assignment

Download the water assignment below. Please email your responses to steve@steveconaway.com before class on Monday , May 9th. If they are submitted early enough we can discuss responses at the beginning of the course. The weekly assignments are 60% of the final grade and draft sections for your final Sustainable Garden Care Plan! If you submit them on time I will be able to give you feedback and edits for your final.

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Required Reading for Next Class


Read through the brief "Defining IPM" page on the NYS-IPM webpage in preparation for next class

Additional Water Conservation and Management Resources

Water Wise Landscapes

Permeable Materials

Rain Gardens, Barrels, and Cisterns


Resources from Watershed Stewards Academy (Maryland)


Drip Irrigation

Class 3: Plant Health and Pest Management

Class Presentation

Power Point Slides (PDF)

Pest Management Assignment

Download the water assignment below. Please email your responses to steve@steveconaway.com before class on Monday, May 16th. If they are submitted early enough we can discuss responses at the beginning of the course. The weekly assignments are 60% of the final grade and draft sections for your final Sustainable Garden Care Plan! If you submit them on time I will be able to give you feedback and edits for your final.

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Required Reading for Next Class


Depoliticizing the Wildlife Garden

Additional Pest Management and Plant Health Resources

Pest Identification and Management





Class 4: Plant Selection and Maintenance

Class Presentation

Power Point Slides (PDF)

Selection and Maintenance Assignment

Download the assignment below. Please email your responses to steve@steveconaway.com combined with the revised previous 3 assignments (I will send comments on previous assignments by Monday May 23) as your final Sustainable Garden Care project on Monday, May 30th.

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