Skills For Growing – online course
Sowing, Spacing, Planting, Picking, Watering and More
*Free enrolment if you have already purchased ‘Growing Success’ online course – see below.*
This new online course, ‘Skills for Growing’, started life as an update of my original ‘Growing Success’ online course. About three quarters of the material is similar, and if you have already taken the Growing Success course you don’t need to buy this one – we can enrol you for free. Please email Nicola, [email protected].
**Student discount – 60% off for those in full-time education – please email [email protected]**
In this course, I share the special knowledge and techniques you need for success in all aspects of vegetable gardening, derived from my decades of experience.
The content is based on my ‘Skills for Growing’ book, plus the course has extra lessons on herb growing and using containers. You have access to nearly 60 videos, half of which are exclusive to the course. We have also created a short quiz for each lesson, for your enjoyment and to consolidate learning.
My desire is to save you time, effort and money, through making all of your inputs effective. From seeds and water, to the space in your garden. Three lessons have vital information about spacing.
Based on my highly successful sowing timeline, I have created a harvesting timeline and table. You can use these two together, for easier planning of second plantings to keep space full. You learn how to create planting plans, succeed with succession, reduce rotation and harvest more from small areas.
There are lessons on saving your own seed, propagation, multi-sowing, spacing for all common vegetables, methods of harvesting and how they influence growth, watering (both when and how much), and using covers for warmth as well as pest protection. I also describe successful winter gardening, growing herbs, growing in containers, and perennial vegetables.
The course comprises 18 lessons in 6 modules, illustrated with beautiful, captioned photos from my no dig, organic garden in Somerset, Southwest UK. I finish with suggestions for taking gardening to an even greater level of ease and energy.
Having lifetime access allows you to refer back to any part of the course, at any time. (There are no downloadable pdf’s or worksheets.)
A fantastic resource for anyone wishing to learn new skills, or to improve and tune the skills they already have, in order to grow bigger and healthier harvests from a given space.
Susan Wolves on YouTube: ‘Following your advice has led to a vegetable plot which fills me with joy and pride.’
Feedback on the original Growing Success course, from Suella Postles, March 2021:‘This course has given me the information and understanding to maximize my vegetable growing and storage….absolutely packed with helpful information, videos and photographs. If I could give more than 5 stars I would.’
Learn New Skills – Grow Creatively – Save Time – Enjoy Growing Success!
How the Course Works
Enjoy the lessons at your own pace – there is no rush and I encourage you to take your time.
I have not set a time frame for each lesson because everyone learns at a different speed, and sometimes slow is good. There is a lot of information to absorb, information that empowers.
Below is a brief description of all the modules and lessons. You can dive into any lesson at any time.
The quizzes can be completed in non-sequential order. Each one contains approximately five questions, and answers need to be 100% correct on all 18 quizzes in order to pass the course. They are automatically graded and easy to reset if an answer is wrong. Use them as a reference tool to reinforce your learning – and we have provided a quiz answer document as a last resort!
One thing I can’t offer is personal support, there are not enough hours in my day for it. You will find a lot of ‘me’ in the course, answering the questions I am commonly asked, and you can contact me via this website.
Module 1: Skills and knowledge for a full garden, all year
Lesson 1 – Tips for good growing
Lesson 2 – An outline of key skills
Lesson 3 – Planning, with three examples
Lesson 4 – Succession and rotation
Module 2: Seeds, sowing and planting
Lesson 5 – Seeds and seed saving
Lesson 6 – How to propagate strong seedlings
Lesson 7 – The benefits of multisowing
Lesson 8 – Transplant or sow direct
Module 3 – The importance of spacing, with examples
Lesson 9 – The how and why of spacing
Lesson 10 – Examples of close spacings
Lesson 11 – Examples of wider spacings
Module 4 – Watering and harvesting
Lesson 12 – When and how to water, and how much
Lesson 13 – Harvesting methods, and amounts
Lesson 14 – Harvesting timings
Module 5 – Covers and winter gardening
Lesson 15 – Covers for speeding growth and pest protection
Lesson 16 – Winter gardening, and how to manage frost
Module 6 – Containers, perennials and herbs
Lesson 17 – Growing in containers
Lesson 18 – Some perennials, and herbs
New skills for new energies
Skills For Growing – online course
A complete guide to the skills you need for successful vegetable growing.