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Gardening Merit Badge Workbook
This Scoutmaster Bucky Merit Badge Workbook is based off the current Scouts BSA Requirements.
Type your work on this page or download the Gardening Workbook PDF.

Consider also using the Gardening merit badge class preparation page for clarification and expections when participating in a Scoutmaster Bucky merit badge opportunity (online or in-person).

Scout's Name:
Requirement 1: Do the following:
Requirement 1 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.
Most likely hazards
Anticipate hazards
Prevent hazards
Mitigat hazards
Respond to hazards
Requirement 1 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.
Puncture wounds
Insect bites
Anaphylactic shock
Heat reactions
Exposure to pesticides and fertilizers
Requirement 2: Do the following:
Requirement 2 a: Grow six vegetables, three from seeds and three from seedlings, through harvest.
Grow three vegetables from seeds through harvest
Grow three vegetables from seedlings through harvest
Requirement 2 b: Grow six flowers, three from seeds and three from seedlings, through flowering.
Grow three flowers from seeds through flowering
Grow three flowers from seedlings through flowering
Requirement 3: Give the nutritional value of the following:
Requirement 3 a: Three root or tuber crops
Requirement 3 b: Three vegetables that bear above ground
Requirement 3 c: Three fruits
Requirement 4: Test 100 seeds for germination. Determine the percentage of seeds that germinate. Explain why you think some did not germinate.
Requirement 5: Visit your county extension agent’s office, local university agricultural college, nursery, or a botanical garden or arboretum. Report on what you learned.
Requirement 6: Explain to your counselor how and why honey bees are used in pollinating food crops. Discuss the problems facing the bee population today, and tell what you think would be the impact to humanity if there were no pollinators.
How and why honey bees are used
Problems facing the bee population today
Impact to humanity if there were no pollinators
Requirement 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.
Organic solution
Any second solution
Requirement 8: Do ONE of the following:
Requirement 8 a: Build a compost bin and maintain it for 90 days.
Date started
Date completed
Requirement 8 b: Build a vermipost bin (worm compost bin) and maintain it for 90 days.
Date started
Date completed
Requirement 8 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.
Date started
Date completed
Requirement 8 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.
Date started
Date completed
Requirement 8 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.