This 6-module course explores the value and importance of organic gardening, as well as key practical principles.
Includes course book, The Complete Gardener (printed course only), all course materials and full tutorial support.
Study topics include: history of the organic movement; organic gardening and the environment; soil cultivation and management; organic cultivation of fruit and vegetable crops; the herb garden; an organic diet; accreditation of organic crops; greenhouse gardening; controlling pests and diseases; weed control; conservation and the gardener; encouraging wildlife; the garden pond; planning your organic garden.
Students have up to 12 months to complete this course, allowing them to work through the modules at their own pace. On average, however, it takes students around 6 months to complete the course, based on 3 – 4 hours study time per week. Students can also purchase an extra 12 months of tutor support for just £20 if required.
Our tutorial support is second-to-none! You’ll be assigned a personal tutor as soon as you enrol who will work with you all the way through. You can contact your tutor directly at any time if you have any questions or problems, or if you would just like a chat about how the course is going. Tutorial support is by e-mail and/or instant chat
Course book –The Complete Gardener, Monty Don.
Module 1: Introduction. History of the organic movement. Organic gardening and the environment. Health benefits.
Module 2: Composition of soil. Deficiency symptoms. Soil conditioning. Organic matter. Humus. Soil organisms. Organic manures. Digging methods.
Module 3: Organic cultivation of fruit and vegetable crops. Propagation, seed/seedling sources, pruning, maintenance, harvesting. Selecting and cultivating herb species. Greenhouse gardening.
Module 4: Pests and diseases 1: Biological control, crop rotation, companion planting, protecting fruit and vegetables.
Module 5: Conservation and the gardener. Encouraging wildlife. The garden pond – maintenance, care, stocking.
Module 6: Lawn Care. Exploring organic lawn care. Establishing a new lawn. Renovating an established lawn.
Borders Connect . is one of the UK’s leading distance learning providers. All of our home study courses include study material, which is sent out in an attractive, hardwearing folder, essential course books and full tutorial support. We are accredited by the Open and Distance Learning Quality Council and registered as providers with the Learning Skills Council.