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Organic Gardening

An approach to gardening that works with nature, not against her

Interest in gardening without artificial chemicals has boomed in the past decade – due to a greater awareness of the effect on the environment and of safety in the garden, together with a desire to produce food free from chemical inputs. This course aims to bring together the aspects of modern gardening which mesh with organic principles, to make this way of gardening as feasible as possible. There is a lot of emphasis on understanding soil and how to build its fertility naturally, as well as effective, chemical-free methods to control weeds, pests and diseases. You will also learn how to grow a wide range of vegetables, fruit and herbs organically, benefits of greenhouses and the history of the organic movement.

  • A course that examines principles of organic gardening – and how they can be successfully applied in practice
  • Flexible home-study learning so you can fit your learning around your work and life
  • Quality course material and excellent tutor support – to help you achieve your goals
  • On successful completion you will receive an HCC Certificate
  • Suitable for both non-professional and professional gardeners
  • No previous experience needed

How the course works

Your first set of course materials will be sent to you when you enrol. You can start as soon as you want and progress through the course at your own pace, studying when and where you choose.

This flexibility makes it easy to fit learning around work and family commitments.

The extensive course materials have been developed by organic gardening experts and are clear and straightforward, so your studying is easy and enjoyable. As you complete each lesson, your tutor will promptly return your marked assignment with constructive feedback and guidance. (You can also contact your tutor or the support team for help at any point during your studies.)

The course includes all the required study materials.

There is no formal examination. On successful completion you will be awarded an HCC Certificate. You have 2 years to complete the course.

What you will learn

Lesson 1 – Introduction to organic gardening

  • Composition of soil
  • Deficiency symptoms

Lesson 2 – Organic matter

  • Types of humus
  • Soil organisms
  • Organic manures
  • Comfrey

Lesson 3 – The cultivation of vegetable crops

  • Nutritional value of vegetables
  • Mushrooms

Lesson 4 – Unusual vegetables

  • Outdoor salad crops, sprouting seeds, blanching
  • Freezing

Lesson 5 – The currants

  • Less common fruit
  • Planting, pruning, cultivation, propagation

Lesson 6 – Greenhouse siting, heating, ventilation, shading. Irrigation systems

Lesson 7 – Historical background of herbs

  • The herb garden
  • Growing herbs
  • Propagation

Lesson 8 – Pests and diseases

  • Part I: principles, control methods, companion planting

Lesson 9 – Pests and diseases

  • Part II: for salad crops, soft fruit and tree fruits

Lesson 10 – History of the organic movement

  • Further reading suggestions
  • Poisonous plants

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There are 2 ways you can enrol

  • Pay the total course fee of £295 in one sum and receive a voucher towards the cost of your next course: or
  • Pay a deposit of just £95, followed by 4 instalments of £50

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HCC – The Horticultural Correspondence College
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