Learn how to grow and harvest vegetables at home
Knowing how to grow your own vegetables can save you money as well as help you to become self-sufficient. And on top of that is is fun too!
- Grow vegetables all year round.
- Learn what to grow, when, how and where.
- Self paced study guided by UK and international expert horticulturists.
COURSE STRUCTURE AND CONTENT
Course Duration: 100 hours.
Start Date: Start at any time - study at a pace that suits you, and with full tutor support for the duration of your studies.
Lessons: The course comprises 8 lessons as detailed, below.
- Ways of growing vegetables
- Understanding plant names
- Resource guide
- Cultivation and Planting
- Different growing methods (organic gardening, hydroponics, permaculture etc)
- Vertical gardening and its types
- Planting methods (seeds, transplanting or offsets, crowns tubers etc)
- Understanding soil and nutrition
- Soil pH
- Review of Major Vegetable Varieties
- Conditions favourable for planting
- Cultivation practices of commonly grown vegetables
- Brassicas (Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Radish, turnip etc)
- Legumes (Beans, Pea etc)
- Pest, Disease & Weed Control
- Natural control methods
- Cultural control method (mulching, crop rotation, resistant varieties etc)
- Physical control methods (traps, repellent devices etc)
- Hydroponic and Greenhouse Growing
- Growing vegetables in greenhouses
- Type of greenhouse
- Greenhouse problems
- Type of hydroponic growing systems
- Nutrient solutions and pH
- Cultivation of tomato
- Lesser Grown Varieties and Herbs
- Crop scheduling
- Cultivation of less commonly grown varieties
- Common Mint
- Sweet potato
- Taro and many more
- The do’s and don’ts of watering
- Ways to reduce water needs
- Different watering systems
- Designing water system
- Cultivation of other vegetables
- Harvesting, Storing & Using Vegetables
- Storing Vegetables
- Preserving and processing
- Methods of freezing different vegetables
WHAT YOU WILL DO IN THIS COURSE
- 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 weedicides and pesticides appropriate for use on vegetable crops.
- Contact a few 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.
Grow Vegetables for Food, Decoration and Amenity in your Home Garden
The most obvious reason to grow vegetables or herbs is to harvest and use them, but that isn't the only reason. Vegetables and herbs can also make a very attractive looking garden!
Using herbs and vegetables for better visual impact is simply a matter of plant selection and arrangement. In the past, vegetables were grown in separate beds, with each variety planted in neatly spaced rows. These days few householders have the space or time to devote to this style of gardening, so it makes sense to grow edible plants alongside ornamental varieties. For example, a bed of edible and ornamental plants could include perennial lettuces as edging plants, climbing peas on tripods, clumps of rainbow chard and leafy parsley for colour and texture, backed by a screen of sweet corn. There are endless possibilities of combinations – a task made easier each season’s release of exciting new compact and colourful varieties.
Vegetables and herbs can also be used to improve the backyard environment. Planting green manures and using organic mulches and composts will improve soil fertility and help to control erosion. Problem soils, such as excessively wet or dry soils, can also be improved by choosing varieties adapted to those conditions.
In a small but important way, growing vegetables will increase the biodiversity of your garden – the veggie patch will be a haven for bees, birds, lizards and other animals in need of food, water and shelter.
Can You Be Self Sufficient on an Average Home Site?
It’s possible to provide for many of your needs, but you may need to modify your expectations.
If you want every luxury that modern society can offer, then you are going to need more than what your garden can give you, but if you are prepared to be only part self sufficient or to live with less, then go for it.
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. The smaller the property, the more thought you will need to give to what you do and don’t grow. Ask yourself what would I like to produce? Then take it from there.
What can you make using produce from your garden?
Turning the produce into preserves and other usable items can be as much fun as the actual growing. For those who are looking to be self sufficient this is an extension of growing your own food, and a necessity to help you through winter and early spring, when fresh produce can start to dwindle.
You could consider making the following from your own produce:
- Dried foods
- Fertiliser / compost
- Seed (for next year’s planting)
- Fruit juices
HOW THE COURSE WORKS
You can start the course at any time.
It is studied by distance learning, so you can study in the comfort of your own home. But this doesn't mean you are all alone in your studies. Our highly qualified and friendly tutors are there to help you every step of the way. If you have any questions at all, they are always happy to help.
THE ADVANTAGES OF STUDYING WITH ACS
- You can start the course at any time and study at your own pace.
- Fit your studies around your own busy lifestyle - we provide full tutor support for all the time you are studying.
- Study where you want to - online studies offer the flexibility for you to determine where and when you study.
"Great course, tutor was really good with explaining and marking. [She] gave me new ideas for my garden and hints for it too. Learning so many new things about growing different vegetables, how to grow them and what to do. All about soils and garden plots."
Kathryn Crossfield - Home Vegetable Growing
Enrol - Go to “It’s Easy to Enrol” box at the top of the page and enrol now.
Get Advice - submit your questions to our specialist Horticulture and Home Gardening tutors - or, phone us on (UK) 01384 442752 or (International) +44 (0) 1384 442752.