Gardening Skills

Course CodeSGH10
Fee CodeSG
Duration (approx)20 hours
QualificationCertificate of Completion

Sneak Peek

Fast Track Your Way To Gardening Know How

You can learn a lot in 20 hours - our short courses are knowledge packed with lots of suggested tasks throughout. This is the choice for people who want to learn quickly without having to commit to a longer course. It is also an affordable way to learn. This course is a great way of minimising mistakes and getting it right the first time to create 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.

Lesson Structure

There are 9 lessons in this course:

  1. This short course covers eight lessons:
  2. Lesson 1 APPROACHES TO GARDENING
    • Ways to Garden
    • Garden Planning
    • Review what you have been learning
  3. Lesson 2 TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
    • Selecting and Using Tools and Machines
    • Types of Gardening Tools and Equipment
    • Equipment
    • Review what you have been learning
  4. Lesson 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
  5. Lesson 4 GROWING MEDIA AND POTS
    • Soil Composition
    • Problems with Organic Materials
    • Potting Media
    • Plant Containers
    • Review what you have been learning
  6. Lesson 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
  7. Lesson 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
  8. Lesson 7 PRUNING AND MOWING
    • Pruning Plants
    • Grass Surfaces
    • Maintaining Lawns
    • Review what you have been learning
  9. Lesson 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
    • Final Assessment

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


Throughout each lesson there are a series of suggested tasks for you to complete - you can choose those that are most relevant to you or just do all of them, the choice is yours.

At the end of each lesson you do a self- assessment test and at the end of the course a longer test. If you pass the tests you can download and print your Certificate of Completion.