Self paced 20-hour course to help you learn to grow your own fruit and vegetables at home!
If you have ever wanted to start your own vegetable patch or grow your own fruit, this course is a great place to start with all of the basics. Before you waste your money buying plants that might not thrive, learn with us, then you will be able to march into your local garden centre armed with the valuable knowledge about which plants will suit your region, the best location to grow the plants in and how to give your seedlings the most ideal growing conditions- water, nutrition and pest control.
Begin on Friday evening, and by Sunday night you could be ready to grow and enjoy your own fresh, healthy fruit and vegetables.This self-paced course will give you the confidence to start or enhance your veggie garden, with an understanding of what to grow and how to grow it well.
The course covers 14 lessons, and includes optional activities and tasks that can expand your knowledge in this area and be used as you plan a garden that's the perfect fit for your circumstances. At the end of each
lesson you'll need to complete an online self assessment to review your learning. The
course will also conclude with a large comprehensive online exam. If you
achieve a mark over 60% for the exam, you will be awarded a Certificate
of Completion with your name on it.
Topics Covered Include:
What can you produce in your garden?
- Deciding what to grow
- Harnessing climate and environmental factors for a productive garden
- Citrus fruits, Tropical fruits, Deciduous fruit trees and Berry fruits
- Vine crops
- Special growing technique, including hydroponics and permaculture principles.
- Using your produce
Our 20 hour courses are self paced and will help you understand a topic in a short amount of time. You can work through the course when you like- test yourself with mini-tests along the way. There are extra case studies or research you can undertake if you would really like to get into the topic. Once you have completed the lessons and self assessment tasks, there is a final exam undertaken online- you can then download your personalised certificate.
Course contents - What do you learn?
Lesson 1 Food from the garden
What can you produce in your garden?
Lesson 2 Deciding what to grow
Lesson 3 Successful growing
Cold and the garden
Different growing methods
Where to get helpful information
Lesson 4 Fruits
Introduction - fruit trees for all climates
How to develop an espalier on a wall
Good backyard fruit trees for a range of climates
Lesson 5 Deciduous fruit trees
Winter chilling requirements
Pests and diseases
Deciduous fruit encyclopedia
Bare-rooted fruit trees
Pruning deciduous fruit trees
Lesson 6 Citrus fruits
Tolerance to different climates
How to grow healthy citrus
Lesson 7 – Tropical fruits
What fruits when
Lesson 8 – Berries
Lesson 9 – Nuts
Introduction to nut growing
Commonly grown nuts
Lesson 10 – Vine crops
Lesson 11 – Using produce
What to do with excess fruit
Lesson 12 Vegetables
Why grow vegetables?
Choosing what to grow
Feeding and watering
Planning the cropping programme
Pests and diseases of vegetables
Lesson 13 Mushrooms
Four easy steps to growing mushrooms
Lesson 14 Special growing techniques
Growing produce in containers
More special growing techniques
How does this course work?
You can enrol at any time.
Once you have paid for the course, you will be able to start straight away.
Study when and where you like. Work through at your own pace.
You can download your study-guide to your smart phone, tablet or laptop to read offline.
There are automated self-assessment tests you can complete at the end
of each lesson. You can attempt these as many times as you wish and
each time, upon completion, you can see your results. You will need
internet access to complete the self assessment tests.
At the end of the course, you are presented with a large assessment
which can be attempted online, anywhere, anytime. If you achieve a 60%
pass in the exam; you immediately receive a downloadable certificate of
completion with your name on it.