home fruit growing

One of a series of "short" courses suitable for garden enthusiasts, this course is for those who would love to have their own healthy crop of fruit in the back garden or allotment.

The course teaches you how to grow and maintain a large variety of fruits, nuts and berries in the home garden. You can start at any time and study at your own pace.

Learn how to raise soil fertility, choose the best fruits for your situation and grow them in a way which controls pests and diseases without using dangerous chemicals. Both cool and warm climate fruits are covered and throughout the course you are given the option to concentrate on the types of fruits which are of most interest to you.

There are 6 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction
  2. Soils, site preparation & planning.
  3. General Cultural Practices
  4. Tree Fruits
  5. Nuts and Vines
  6. Berries
During this course you will:
  • Select part of the garden where you would like to grow fruit. Consider the good and bad points about the site and the suitability of different types of fruits to the situation.
  • Take a sample of soil from an area you might consider growing fruit in. Using the method set out in the gardening manual provided with the course, name the soil.
  • Look at the buds on the wood of three different species of fruit. Draw what you see and label fruit buds and vegetative buds.
  • Observe the way in which fruit trees are trained or pruned in your locality.
  • Visit a local DIY store, nursery or garden shop and look at drip and micro irrigation equipment which is for sale. Take note of the various components of these systems, how they fit together and how they work.
  • Identify pests and diseases in a garden which you have visited.
  • Look at fruit which is grown in your area and select four which are different from those you have read about.
    • For each one, research which varieties of that fruit are commonly grown and why they are grown.
  • Plan the development of a berry growing area for an allotment or garden. Contact companies, visit nurseries and check the availability, quality and prices of berry plants you would like to grow on your site (or proposed site). Work with an imaginary site if you do not have a real life situation to deal with.
  • Contact the Department of Agriculture and other sources to obtain relevant information (eg: leaflets, booklets, details about advisory services, etc) which relates to fruit growing.

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the Academy, marked by our tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments and, if necessary, extra reading.

You will be working with Colin Elliott, well known horticulturist and ex-Royal Gardener, who is a passionate plantsman and keen grower of garden fruit and vegetables.

You, like every other student in this course, will have your own very specific desires and needs when embarking upon this course. From the outset, please understand that the course notes are only part of what you will learn. The experiences you have through your set tasks and, if you choose, the use of the Academy’s many support services, can provide you with a range of learning experiences according to your own specific needs.



Home Fruit Growing - Course cost: £ 295

OR two payments of £ 180

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