Short Course on Gardening Skills

$199.00 Inc GST

Learn Essential Gardening Skills in your own pace

Gardening can be a lot of fun, a hobby or a job. Without an understanding of the basics though, mistakes are easily made. Time and money can be wasted doing gardening tasks incorrectly, or with the wrong equipment and materials. This short course can be studied in your own time and is great way of learning all of the gardening essentials.

This course is a great way of minimising those issues, and creating a better looking, more functional garden.

  • If you are a home gardener -be a better one.
  • If you work in the garden industry – stop making basic mistakes that are easily avoided.
  • A little gardening knowledge can go a long way.

How does it work?

At the end of each lesson, you will be given a short interactive test to undertake, which will provide an indication of how your learning is progressing. Upon completing the very last lesson, you will be offered a more thorough automated test or examination. This final assessment can be undertaken at any time of day or night; and any day of the week; and if you achieve an overall pass (60% or more); you will be able to obtain a “certificate of completion” with your name and completion date on it.

Note: these short courses are self-guided online courses and are not to be confused with our tutor-supported online courses.

There are 8 Lessons in this course:

1. Approaches to Gardening

    • Ways to Garden
    • Garden Planning
    • Review what you have been learning

2. Tools and Equipment

    • Selecting and Using Tools and Machines
    • Types of Gardening Tools and Equipment
    • Equipment
    • Review what you have been learning

3. Plants and Planting

    • Plant Names
    • Plant Groups
    • Planting in Garden Beds
    • Taking Care of Young Plants
    • Greenhouses and Shade houses
    • Review what you have been learning

4. Growing Media and Pots

    • Soil Composition
    • Problems with Organic Materials
    • Potting Media
    • Plant Containers
    • Review what you have been learning

5. Watering and Feeding

    • Applying Water to Plants
    • Trickle Irrigation in Easy Care Gardens
    • Water Saving Measure
    • Feeding Plants
    • Review what you have been learning

6. Pests, Diseases, and Weeds

    • Biological Competitors
    • Environmental Problems
    • The Importance of Healthy Soil to Plant Health
    • Garden Hygiene – Keeping the Garden Healthy
    • How Water Affects Plant Health
    • Air, Soil Temperature, Light: Importance to Plant Growth
    • Biodiversity: The Path to Garden and Plant Health
    • Plant Protection
    • Protecting from Cold and Heat
    • Using Organic Sprays and Dusts
    • What Makes a Weed?
    • Using Weedkillers
    • Weed Identification
    • Weed Control Methods
    • Review what you have been learning

7. Pruning and Mowing

    • Pruning Plants
    • Grass Surfaces
    • Maintaining Lawns
    • Review what you have been learning

8. Gardening Techniques

    • Organic Gardening
    • Permaculture
    • No-dig Gardening
    • No-Till Planting in Turf
    • Making Compost
    • Crop Rotation
    • Seed Saving
    • Environmental Horticulture
    • Integrated Pest Management
    • Hydroponics
    • Bonsai
    • Review what you have been learning

Your Tutor

Barbara Tremain BSc. (Hons) Horticulture, RHS Adv. Cert,. RHS General, City & Guilds Garden Design, Permaculture Level 3 (UK)
Barbara Tremain

Barbara brings to Careerline a wide range of horticultural experience and knowledge Barbara has a keen interest in herbalism, edible wild plants and has lead into studies of many plant based complementary medicinal systems, qualification as a Bach Flower remedy practitioner and studying Ethnobotany. Barbara has practiced and studied horticulture as well as combining it with her love of travel in many countries including the UK, US and Australia and has also studied Permaculture and runs her own horticulture business. Within the past two years she have also worked for Groundwork SW with 18-24 year old unemployed people, this work and the mentoring scheme has allowed me to teach informally. It has been a delight to nurture the interests of keen learners in horticulture and garden design.