Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

This course will act as a companion and guide into your first forays of growing your own vegetables. Just getting started? You are in the right place!

The course material is a mixture of videos, activities and some written information. You’ll also be able to grab the video transcripts if you prefer to read or require an accessible option. Our videos have the option to include auto-generated closed captions if you wish to watch and read at the same time.

Course Information

Standard Fee


Low Waged


Income of £20,000 or below.

(Please note that we want this course to be accessible to all, so if you are unable to afford our low waged payment tier please get in touch with us at [email protected])

Welcome and getting started

Mapping, planning and design

Crop rotations and cropping techniques

Plant nutrition and composting

Pests and diseases

How to grow – plant families

Additional resources

Course price


  • Welcome and getting started
    • Welcome!
    • How to use this course
    • Resources and equipment
  • Mapping, planning and design
    • Intro to mapping, planning and design
    • Soil
    • Aspect, Climate and Water
    • Measuring your plot
    • Design Elements
    • Beds & Raised Beds
    • Design – bringing it all together
  • Crop rotations and cropping techniques
    • Intro to crop rotations and plant families
    • What to grow? Seed selection and vegetable varieties
    • All about plant families
    • Understanding crop rotations
    • Different cropping techniques
  • Plant nutrition and composting
    • Intro to plant nutrition and composting
    • Plant nutrients – what are they and what do they do?
    • Organic matter and fertilisers
    • Soil Organic Matter
    • Benefits of Adding Organic Matter
    • Different Types of Organic Matter
    • Green Manure
    • Making Homemade Compost
    • Making Homemade Fertilizers
  • Pests and diseases
    • Intro to pests and diseases
    • Friend or foe?
    • Preventing pests and diseases naturally
    • Controlling pests and diseases
    • Some common pests and diseases – and what to do about them!
  • How to grow – plant families
    • Intro to how to grow
    • How to grow Tomatoes
    • How to grow Squashes, courgettes & pumpkins
    • How to grow Brassicas
    • How to grow Lettuces and salads
    • How to grow Root vegetables
    • How to grow Peas and beans
    • How to grow Potatoes
  • Additional resources
    • Bibliography
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Vegetable Gardening for Beginners