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!

Embark on a journey into the world of vegetable gardening with our comprehensive online course designed for beginners. Whether you have a small backyard or just a balcony, this course will equip you with the essential knowledge and skills needed to cultivate your own thriving vegetable garden. With a focus on sustainable and organic practices, you’ll learn how to turn your green aspirations into a fruitful reality.

Module 1: Mapping, Planning and Design

  • Learn the basics of mapping your garden space and creating a strategic plan for your vegetable garden.
  • Explore fundamental design principles to optimize the layout for efficiency and aesthetics.
  • Understand the importance of soil health in successful gardening.
  • Explore soil testing, composition, and improvement techniques to create an ideal growing environment.
  • Gain practical skills in measuring and assessing your garden plot accurately.
  • Learn to analyze the impact of aspect, climate, and water availability on your garden.
  • Develop strategies for efficient water usage and climate adaptation.
  • Explore key design elements such as pathways, focal points, and companion planting for a harmonious garden layout.
  • Understand the benefits of different bed types and raised beds in vegetable gardening.
  • Learn how to construct and maintain them effectively.
  • Integrate mapping, planning, and design concepts to create a cohesive and functional vegetable garden.

Module 2: Crop Rotations and Cropping Techniques

  • Explore the principles of crop rotation and its significance in maintaining soil fertility.
  • Understand plant families and their implications for successful gardening.
  • Learn the art of selecting quality seeds and choosing suitable vegetable varieties for your garden.
  • Dive deeper into the science of crop rotations and its application in preventing pests and diseases.
  • Explore various cropping techniques, including intercropping and succession planting.

Module 3: Plant Nutrition and Composting

  • Understand the role of plant nutrition and composting in sustainable gardening practices.
  • Explore essential plant nutrients and their functions.
  • Learn about the importance of organic matter and how to choose the right fertilizers for your garden.
  • Delve into the benefits of soil organic matter and its role in soil structure and fertility.
  • Explore a variety of organic matter options, including compost, mulch, and green manure.
  • Learn how green manure can enhance soil fertility and structure.
  • Gain practical skills in creating nutrient-rich compost at home.
  • Explore DIY fertilizer options to support plant growth.

Module 4: Pests and Diseases

  • Identify common pests and diseases affecting vegetable gardens.
  • Understand the role of certain insects and organisms in the garden ecosystem.
  • Explore natural methods for preventing and managing pests and diseases.
  • Learn effective strategies for controlling and mitigating the impact of pests and diseases.
  • Gain insights into specific pests and diseases, and discover practical solutions for addressing them.

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.

Enrol now and cultivate the knowledge and skills to transform your gardening aspirations into a bountiful reality!

Course Information


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

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners