Learn to grow your own delicious food at home!
Learn to grow your own delicious fruit and vegetables at home with this 20 hour short course. In a weekend, you can learn all that you will need to know about the types of fruit and vegetables you should grow and the best ways to grow them.
If you have always wanted to start your own veggie patch, why wait? Everything you need to know is in this self-paced course.
This short course will help you decide what you can grow, how to be successful in growing food, an overview of the many types of fruits and vegetables you could grow and even includes a section on nuts, mushrooms and using your lovely fresh produce.
What you produce from your garden will depend on the amount of space that you have. Obviously the larger the property the more potential you will have to produce a large variety of crops. Large properties can support a range of fruit trees, vines, vegetables, herbs, grains and even hay and straw as well as animals and chickens.
There are optional activities and tasks that you can complete along the way that can expand your knowledge in this area. At the end of each lesson you will need to complete an online self assessment test. 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.
This course covers 14 lessons:
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 encyclopaedia
- Bare-rooted fruit trees
- Pruning deciduous fruit trees
Lesson 6: Citrus fruits
- Tolerance to different climates
- How to grow healthy citrus
- Citrus species
Lesson 7: Tropical fruits
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?
- The site
- Choosing what to grow
- Feeding and watering
- Planning the cropping program
- Pests and diseases of vegetables
Lesson 13: Mushrooms
- Four easy steps to growing mushrooms
Lesson 14: Special growing techniques
- Growing produce in containers
- Permaculture gardening
- More special growing techniques
LEARN THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS ABOUT GROWING FRUIT AND VEGETABLES
To be an expert may take years of study; but to avoid the big, costly mistakes that most people make when growing fruit and vegetables; is able to be achieved through this 20 hour course.
If you haven't studied this subject before - You cannot afford to not do this course.
It may well not only produce more from your garden, but may also save you a lot of time and money.
Tips for Healthy Vegies
- Grow vegies in a sunny spot - if your veggie plot is has some shade leafy and root vegetables will grow best.
- Provide good drainage - if you have clay soil or if your site is in a low-lying area then prepare a raised growing bed 30cm above the natural ground level.
- Fruiting vegetables like chillies, eggplant, cucumbers and tomatoes need full sun - but tomatoes prefer some shade from strong sun in the middle of the day.
- Beef up the soil with plenty of organic matter to provide adequate food for your vegies before planting out seedlings or sowing seeds.
- Apply a liquid feed every couple of weeks once fruits appear.
- Don't pack plants too closely together - they'll compete for nutrients and won't get enough airflow around them to reduce humidity.
- Cut away and dispose of any dead or diseased plant parts to minimise the risk of diseases spreading.
- Avoid monoculture - plant a diverse range of species. Try companion planting.
Maximising Your Harvest
Some vegetables can only be harvested once. If you pick a cabbage, it’s gone. But other vegies can be continually harvested for months. If you don't have a lot of room:
- Grow vegies that take up relatively little space but which can give lots of produce e.g. tomatoes, chillies, cucumbers, and eggplants.
- Grow crops which have a long growing season but which don't take long to reach harvest-able size e.g. radishes, lettuce, beans and spinach.
- Replace crops you harvest now in spring with a summer crop e.g. swap peas for cucumbers.
- Plant both early and late fruiting crops of the same type e.g. several different tomato species.
- Plant seeds every few weeks so crops are at different stages of growth and maturity.
- Make the most of walls and fences for climbing crops e.g. peas, beans, cucumbers and tomatoes.
- Enrol any time of day or night
- Start studying immediately or later (as you wish)
- Configure your study sessions at any length and frequency you wish
- Work through at your own pace
- Help desk - contact our help desk here with the subject title: 'Help Desk Short Course'
- Automated self assessment tests pop up 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.
- At the end of the whole course, you are presented with a major automated examination which can be attempted online, anywhere, any time
- If you achieve a 60% pass in the exam; you immediately receive a downloadable certificate of completion with your name on it