Edible Gardening Made Easy

Brought to You by Mumsnet Academy and MyGardenSchool

How to Grow Your Own Vegetables

  • Course length: 4 weeks

  • Next start date: 1st November 2014

  • Course price: £145 (Approx. US$232)

 

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ABOUT THE EDIBLE VEGETABLE GARDENING COURSE

Want your own vegetable garden to nurture? Love to grow fruit and vegetables, but haven’t a clue where to start? Then this is course for you.   How do I book?  Simply hit the BOOK NOW button at the top of this page, and ensure you type in your magic Mumsnet code, which is MGSMUMSNET – when you register for your course.

“If you can teach your children to love eating fruit and vegetables, it’s been proven time and time again that it helps them achieve more at school, and sets them up for healthy lifetime habits.  There’s no better way to do this, than igniting a child’s passion for growing their own produce with you.” Alex Mitchell, journalist, acclaimed author, and mother to two children

MyGardenSchool is excited to have teamed up with Mumsnet Academy to bring you this unique course with writer and gardener, Alex Mitchell.  Alex explains:  ”Over the past 10 years I have filled my little city garden with delicious fresh crops from salad to herbs sweetcorn to strawberries. I have learnt what works for and what doesnt, what crops you absolutely must grow and which ones really arent worth the bother. Using my personal experience I will take you through a year in the edible garden from how to assess your garden for planting to preparing the soil to choosing the best crops to grow.”

veg3Simple no nonsense and full of time saving tips and advice Edible Gardening Made Easy takes the fear out of growing your own vegetables in an urban or country environment. Whether you have a vast garden or just a little patio it will get you growing more crops than you could ever think possible. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the heart of the city, or hanging out in the ‘burbs – you can grow veg wherever you are.

This course is perfect for anyone wanting to set up a vegetable garden in any space – ranging from the city garden to the country dwelling. It will also suit you whether you are just starting out or already know a little about growing your own food.

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Learning outcome: You will have the knowledge and confidence to set up a vegetable garden in any space – ranging from city gardens to the country houses. You will understand how to plan and grow vegetables for a whole 12 month growing season

Course Content

Week 1: Get your garden into gear.  We’ll cover how to assess your growing site, soil preparation and digging, as well as an introduction to composting and wormeries.

How do you start a garden? How important is it that your garden faces the right way? How do you make your soil fertile? Starting a garden from scratch can feel overwhelming when you’re a beginner, but it doesn’t have to. All you have to do is get to know your garden – and this lecture shows you how. You’ll find out what sort of soil you have and learn how to improve it, get to know how much sun your garden gets and learn why wormeries and compost bins are worth including in a new garden. By the end of this lecture you’ll know all you need to have a fertile garden just begging to be planted up with delicious crops.

Week 2: Spring has sprung.  Lecture 2 covers sowing and runs through lots of delicious easy crops to try

Learn how to sow tomatoes, aubergines, peppers, courgettes, salads, cucumbers, sweetcorn and many more. Spring is the busiest, most exciting time for the edible gardener – when you are never far from a seed packet and you kitchen windowsill is full of germinating pots. This lecture includes tips for easy germination, suggests the best varieties to grow, and shows how to plan your sowing so you never end up with a gap in the garden. 

Week 3: Summertime… and the living is easy. Growing your own summer salads and fruits.  A plethora of hints and tips on growing your own to see you through those summer lunches and dining al fresco, all with your own home grown food.

Summer in the edible garden is not just about picking and eating delicious food, it’s about tying in your crops, feeding them with liquid seaweed to keep them healthy and knowing how to spot potentially damaging pests and diseases. It’s also about planning your crops so you keep your space, however small, constantly ticking over with new plants.

Week 4: Cold comfort.  This lecture focuses on growing your own delicious crops for all seasons. Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do: winter is the time to plant bare-root fruit trees and even a tiny garden can fit several, especially if they are dwarf trees or minarettes, trained to grow upright and take up little space. Plant apples, pears, peaches, apricots, plums or cherries now and you’ll have a blossoming tree come spring-time. There are also winter crops you can be picking – hardy oriental leaves such as mizuna and tatsoi, as well as salad rocket, kale, chard and winter lettuces. This lecture shows you how to get through the barest time of year and still have life in the garden and fresh crops for the on the table.

Online Course Benefits

  • Four weeks 'on tap' 121 personal tuition from your expert in the virtual classroom
  • Recorded video lectures from world experts (released every Sat)
  • Assignments which are critiqued by your expert tutor - most students find this feedback one of the most valuable aspects of the course
  • Magazine style downloadable notes (your own four part ebook of the course)
  • All this is done within 'MyClassRoom' - your own virtual, community based global classroom
  • Vibrant social network communities
  • At the end of your course, if you successfully complete your course, you will receive a certificate of completion and an online badge (available for you to use on your own blogs and websites)

To understand more about how it all works, go to the 'How it Works' section!

Requirements

Some wellies maybe, bags of enthusiasm, and a taste for good veg. A camera or mobile needed for taking pics, and a scanner if you have one.  A burning desire to understand more about the vegetable garden.  This is one of our top courses if you're looking to hone your vegetable garden - early bookings are recommended

Booking a Place

MyGardenSchool Gardening Courses Start on the First Saturday of Every Month.  You can book your course up to two months in advance:  Your tutor will make their video lectures available to you each Saturday morning for four weeks, and will support you throughout the course. Book now to secure a place!