Course Detail: PER203 - Indoor Gardening 101 - NEW!

Embark on a journey through the fascinating world of indoor plant cultivation, from tiny micro-greens, to lush houseplants, and soil-less gardening of edibles!

Students will learn essential techniques for successful plant growth. Course topics include:

An Introduction to Microgreens
  • Discover what they are, how they are grown, and learn about proper lighting conditions for micro-green cultivation. 
  • Participate in a hands-on activity to start microgreens in class to take home.
Overview of Soil-less Gardening Systems
  • Gain an understanding of hydroponics, aeroponics, and aquaponics, learning how they work and their applications.
Starting Vegetables Indoors
  • Receive tips for starting vegetables indoors and discover the benefits and techniques of doing so.
  • Learn to choose the right seed varieties for indoor cultivation. 
  • Learn how to ensure a successful transition and acclimatization when it is time to transplant your vegetables outdoors. 
Houseplant Care
  • Identify optimal light conditions and learn when and how to supplement it. 
  • Create the ideal indoor environment for houseplant growth through temperature and humidity management. 
  • Understand when and how much to water houseplants for optimal health. 
  • Provide essential nutrients for houseplant vitality. 
  • Identify common pests and discover how to implement effective management strategies. 
  • Learn how to get free plants through propagation and techniques for doing so. 

Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned gardener, join us on this botanical adventure and watch your green oasis flourish!

About the Instructor
Over 20 years ago, Steve received a free packet of gourd seeds and planted them in a small patch of ground in the front of his house. Not only did the seeds sprout, but the gourd plants took over the driveway and wound themselves into the screen door. That was when his passion for gardening first took root. 

In 2012, he moved into soil-less gardening with a Tower Garden - an aeroponic gardening system that works well indoors and out and he discovered more about the unique processes behind successfully growing edibles indoors. Since then, he's helped schools in Indiana and across the country purchase Tower Gardens and has trained teachers on how to effectively use them in their classrooms. 

Steve became a Master Gardener in 2015 and began specializing in indoor gardening, which includes potted plants as well as edibles. For the last several years, Steve has taught the indoor gardening section for the Master Gardener Intern class.

Steve owns and operates Keep It Watered, a business that specializes in indoor gardening. He and his wife, Christine, have two grown children and live in northern Indiana.

 Session Information: 24FPER203

Schedule: Tuesday, October 29 (1 session)
Times: 06:00pm-09:00pm EDT


Name Additional Resources
Steve Koontz

Facility Detail

Purdue Fort Wayne Campus
Modular Classroom Bldg Rm 114 - Enter from St. Joe Rd. Look for Lot 16 or Parking Garage 3 (P3).
2101 E. Coliseum Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Facility Resources
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Modular Classroom Bldg Rm 114 - Enter from St. Joe Rd. Look for Lot 16 or Parking Garage 3 (P3).