home vegetable growing

Lots of people are keen to grow their own food and this course will help you gain the skills required to create your own vegetable garden. It is easy to understand, practical and can be adapted to your own garden requirements.

There are many different ways you can grow vegetables and an almost endless range of varieties to choose from. The methods you choose and the varieties you grow should depend upon the time, space, level of knowledge and other resources available to you. This course teachess you many different ways of growing, and what is needed for just about every vegetable you can think of.

There are 8 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction
  2. Cultivation and planting
  3. Review of major vegetable varieties
  4. Pest, disease and weed control
  5. Hydroponic and greenhouse growing
  6. Lesser grown varieties and herbs
  7. Irrigation
  8. Harvesting, storing and using vegetables

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 vegetable gardener.

During the course you will:

  • Compile a resource file of organisations related to home vegetable growing
  • Compile reviews of sixteen different vegetables suitable for growing at home
  • Carry out basic soil tests on two different soils
  • Obtain or make up a propagating mix
  • Make a vegetable garden
  • Identify weed species in a vegetable garden and suggest control methods
  • Make notes about pests and diseases in a home vegetable garden
  • Contact several chemical suppliers and obtain brochures or technical information sheets on weedikillers and pesticides appropriate for use on vegetable crops
  • Contact greenhouse companies and obtain both literature and current prices
  • Either write to or visit a company (or companies) which supply irrigation equipment.
  • Obtain catalogues, brochures, etc
  • Try drying, bottling or freezing a vegetable you have not preserved before.
  • List 20 different vegetables with information about their culture and harvest

Watching plants grow from seed to harvest, knowing that the vegetables you have just gathered for the evening meal will be on the table within an hour or two of harvest, can be an exciting and satisfying experience.

Practice what you have learned and you will also know that you and your family are eating the freshest, healthiest, chemical free produce.


Home vegetable growing - Course cost: £ 295

OR two payments of £ 180

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