Fruit and Vegetables

Learn to grow fruits and vegetables: greens, root vegetables, tomatoes and capsicums to apples, citrus, berries and mushrooms. Home grown.

Course Code: SGH4
Fee Code: SG
Duration (approx) Duration (approx) 20 hours
Qualification Certificate of Completion
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This course is an excellent starting point for choosing what edible plants to grow at home, and how to grow them.



Lesson Structure

There are 14 lessons in this course:

  1. Food from the garden
    • What can you produce in your garden?
  2. Deciding what to grow
  3. Successful growing
    • Light
    • Temperature
    • Soil
    • Nutrition
    • Water
    • Wind
    • Cold and the garden
    • Different growing methods
    • Where to get helpful information
  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
  5. Deciduous fruit trees
    • Winter chilling requirements
    • Pests and diseases
    • Deciduous fruit encyclopaedia
    • Bare-rooted fruit trees
    • Pruning deciduous fruit trees
  6. Citrus fruits
    • Tolerance to different climates
    • How to grow healthy citrus
    • Citrus species
  7. Tropical fruits
    • What fruits when
  8. Berries
    • Berry fruit
  9. Nuts
    • Introduction to nut growing
    • Commonly grown nuts
  10. Vine crops
    • Grape varieties
  11. Using produce
    • What to do with excess fruit
  12. Vegetables
    • Why grow vegetables?
    • The site
    • Choosing what to grow
    • Feeding and watering
    • Planning the cropping program
    • Pests and diseases of vegetables
  13. Mushrooms
    • Four easy steps to growing mushrooms
  14. Special growing techniques
    • Growing produce in containers
    • Hydroponics
    • Permaculture gardening
    • More special growing techniques

How Your Course Works

  • Enrol any time. Your enrolment will be processed usually within a day or two; and during business hours, often within an hour.
  • You will then receive an email explaining the course and how to access to a study guide, and our help desk. The guide contains both an audio and written explanation of how the course can be undertaken in a way where you can choose to emphasise or de-emphasise aspects of your learning, according to where your greatest interest or needs may lay.
  • You then follow the study guide, reading and undertaking varied learning tasks, designed by professional educators to broaden and deepen your understanding of the subject. These tasks can vary from practicals to research and more.
  • If and when you need to; you can contact our academic staff via a help desk. Emails are answered every working day.
  • On concluding each lesson, you are presented with a series of automated self assessment questions, to review and reinforce your learning experience.
  • On conclusion of all lessons; you are presented with a major online exam; comprising lots of questions, reflecting the scope of all lessons.
  • A final exam is able to be tackled in completion of all lessons; and when you feel comfortable and confident of having understood and retained most of what has been studied.
  • The exam is assessed in our online training system immediately it is submitted; and if you achieve a result of 60% or more, you are given access to download a “Certificate of Completion” This certificate carries your name (extracted from the original enrolment order); together with a current date, and carrying endorsements from this school and the ACS Global Partners Network.

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Course Contributors

The following academics were involved in the development and/or updating of this course.

Timothy Walker B.A.(Botany), RHS.M. Hort., Post.Grad.Dip.Ed.

Botanist, Horticulturist and Gardener. Author and lecturer at Somerville College, Oxford. After training at a number of gardens including Windsor Great Park, and the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew commenced work at Oxford Botanic Gardens in 1986. Appointed as

John Mason (Horticulturist)

Parks Manager, Nurseryman, Landscape Designer, Garden Writer and Consultant.
Over 40 years experience; working in Victoria, Queensland and the UK.
He is one of the most widely published garden writers in the world; author of more than 70 books and edito

Adriana Fraser (Horticulturist)

Adriana has worked in horticulture since the 1980's. She has lived what she preaches - developing large gardens and growing her own fruit, vegetables and herbs and making her own preserves.
In 1992 she formalised her training by graduating with a certif

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