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Vine Crops

Continuing Education Hours: Claim 2 hours if you do the reading, fill out the Vine Crops Guided Notesheet, and complete the quiz.

This Plants Plus focuses on vine crops: cucumbers, melons, and squashes. In this module, you’ll focus deeply on these vegetable garden staples by reading an Extension publication and filling in guided notes. You can save these for a resource to use later!

In this module, you’ll learn:

  • Basic botany characteristics of vine crops
  • Pollination characteristics of vine crops
  • Environmental conditions vine crops need to grow
  • Common vine crop pests and how to use IPM to help avoid them without chemicals


In this section, you’ll be reading an Extension publication and taking notes using the provided guided notes. These notes help you pull out important information about vine crops that you can save for later use.

1. Download and Save/Print the Guided Notes (green button). We recommend this. If you’re without a printer, you can feel free to recreate the Guided Notes on your own with a blank piece of paper and pencil. What matters most is you taking the notes, not how you do it. 🙂
2. Open the Extension publication (blue button).
3. Read and take notes.
4. (Optional) Check your notes. If you wish, you may check your Guided Notes with the Answered Guided Notes (yellow button). The Answered Guided Notes provide appropriate answers. This is not meant as a “right or wrong” answer check. It is a way to add points you may have missed or help you if you’re confused.


Complete the Vine Crops quiz. This quiz has four questions. Read the scenarios and try to figure out what the gardener could try differently next year. 


Report the 2 hours of continuing education you just earned in the Online Reporting System. Great job!

Watermelons are an example of vine crops
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