certificate in horticulture: organic plant gowing

Organic growing is the way of the future.

This 600 hour accredited course focuses on the mainstream fundamentals of horticulture in the first half of the course and leads on to organic plant growing methods in the second half. This combination is rarely offered through other institutions.

We run a number of different Certificates in Horticulture, all with the same essential horticultural science modules but each with lessons aimed at a particular industry sector. They form an excellent basis for the education of our future professionals.

To be truly informed, you need to know both the traditional and 'accepted' techniques of plant growing as well as organic methods. This knowledge enables you to make informed and important decisions (for example) during farm conversion and understand what impact 'conventional' farming has on the land you farm, and on the health of the community and the ecology. At the very least it will enable you to understand, and convey to others, why you prefer organics as your chosen method of plant culture.

The Garden Design Academy Certificate in Horticulture (Organic Plant Growing) provides approximately 700 hours of study in 18 modules,the final 3 of which are written to RHS Diploma level.

Working with Colin Elliott, an experienced professional hoticulturist, this CD-based course provides the information you need to make the jump into a career in crop production horticulture.

The 18 lessons are outlined as follows:

Core subjects:

  1. Introduction To Plants
  2. Parts of the Plant
  3. Plant Culture - Planting
  4. Plant Culture - Pruning
  5. Plant Culture - Irrigation and Machinery 1
  6. Soils and Media
  7. Soils and Nutrition
  8. Seeds and Cuttings
  9. Other Techniques
  10. ID and Use of Plants - Landscape Application
  11. ID and Use of Plants - Problems
  12. ID and Use of Plants - Indoor/tropical plants
  13. Pests
  14. Diseases
  15. Weeds

Crop specific units:

Organic plant culture:

  • Understanding Soils
  • Organic Nutrition
  • . Mulches & Composts
  • Soil Management
  • Diagnosis Of Pest Problems
  • Natural Pest Control Techniques
  • Companion Planting
  • Natural Sprays
  • Overview Of Organic Systems
  • Biodynamics
  • Permaculture
  • No Dig Systems
  • Planning Crop Production
  • Vegetable Production
  • Fruit Production
  • Other Crops

Each lesson ends with assignments to test your knowledge and reinforce your learning; these are sent to your tutor at the Garden Design Academy for marking and comments.

A excellent and comprehesive course of study from the Garden Design Academy for those serious about organic crop production.



Course cost: £ 1,200 (single payment)

OR 2 payments of £ 640

OR 4 payments of £345

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