Course length: 4 weeks
Next start date: 1st June
Course price: £120 (Approx. US$192)
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Fed up with high food prices and poor quality imported fruit and vegetables? Then this is the course for you. You’ll get a perfect grounding in how to grow your own vegetables either at home or in an allotment
I’ve been growing veg for more than 20 years, at home, on the patio and on my allotment. And I’ve written two books on the subject, the Royal Horticultural Societies Allotment Handbook and the Royal Horticultural Society’s Allotment Journal. On my course you will find out how to grow perfect, healthy and tasty veg; everything from peas and beans to tomatoes and sweet corn. Everything you need to know to get your crops from plot to plate. Welcome!
Learning outcome: This no nonsense course, is crammed full of facts and covers pretty much every vegetable you can think of from sowing to harvesting. A font of all knowledge, if Geoff hasn’t mentioned it, it’s probably not worth growing.
Week 1: Fruiting Vegetables & Salads. In our first week, we will cover all about how to buy vegetable doors and under cloches. We'll specifically look at how to grow tomatoes, how to grow cucumbers, and you'll get the best tips and tricks on growing Courgettes, Zuccini, Marrows, Pumpkins & Squashes. We'll also look at growing Sweet Peppers, Salads, Rocket, Egg Plants (Aubergine), Corn (Sweetcorn) and much more.
Week 2: Root Crops. In week two we'll explore the world of root crops. This includes feeding, harvesting and pests and diseases. This will include how to grow carrots, how to grow potatoes, tips and tricks on parsnips, onions, carrots, shallots, beetroot and more.
Week 3: Brassicas. In brassicas we look at the optimum environment for them, feeding, when to harvest, and pests and diseases. We look at how to grow brussel sprouts, broccoli, the perfect cauliflower and of course cabbages (amongst others).
Week 4: Legumes. Finally we enter the world of the bean. Peas and beans are important crops, and in this lecture we understand different varieties, when to harvest, the environment, optimum conditions and more.
All of the course content is equally valuable in either a kitchen garden or for your allotment garden, or even container gardening.
A camera (any one will do), a trowel, and lot of enthusiasm
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!
This growing your own veg course is by one of the world's experts on allotments. You will learn how to grow potatoes, how to grow peas, how to grow salad, how to grow herbs and much more! Interestingly one of the most asked questions we find on vegetable growing courses is how to grow your own tomatoes? Geoff Hodge will tell you not only how to grow tomatoes, but when to plant tomatoes, and how to nurture them so you have a great crop to eat. Sometimes it's confusing to know what vegetables to plant when. People ask what vegetables can I plant in October? Or what vegetables do I plant in winter for example. Well Geoff will talk you through the growing year for vegetables and you can ask him any questions you like about growing your own, or nurturing your own allotment. Good luck with your vegtable growing course