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GARDENING MERIT BADGE

 

 

The Gardening Merit Badge is a pretty easy one and is ideal for a Patrol or Troop project.  It takes a little time as you need to observe and tend to your garden for a few months.

If you like the Gardening Merit Badge, consider doing the Landscape Architecture Merit Badge and / or Plant Science Merit Badge first.

 

Scoutmaster Bucky offered this merit badge:

Saturday April 4, 2014

Oakdale, MN

 

8 Scouts

Saturday April 7, 2012

Savage, MN

 

8 Scouts

 

 

 

Created:

1911

 

 

Scoutmaster Bucky Class Prep Page:

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Scoutmaster Bucky Workbook:

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Gardening Merit Badge History Page:

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MERIT BADGE REQUIREMENTS

source: Boy Scout Requirements, 2015 Edition

 

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 agentís 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.

 

this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015