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home learning class about allotment gardening! (with FULL-TIME tutors!)

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Allotment Gardening

Plotting a productive, well-tended allotment

Allotment gardening offers an option for city people and rewards you with incredibly fresh, tasty and varied produce for much of the year.

Suitable for complete beginners and existing plot holders, this course will give you the confidence, skills and knowledge to find, prepare and maintain a productive, sustainable and well kept plot. Topics covered include how to get your plot ready for planting; understanding the soil type to deliver stronger growth and better yields; growing, harvesting and storing vegetables and fruit; and best practice during each month. The course is packed with practical advice and should prove both fun and rewarding!

Features of this course:

 Gain the skills and knowledge to prepare and maintain an allotment or large vegetable plot

 Flexible home-study learning so you can fit your learning around your work and life

 Quality course material and excellent tutor support – to help you achieve your goals

 On successful completion you will receive an HCC Certificate

 Suitable for both non-professional and professional gardeners

 No previous experience needed

Click HERE to Enroll Now!

How the course works

Your first set of course materials will be emailed to you when you enrol. You can start as soon as you want and progress through the course at your own pace, studying when and where you choose.

This flexibility makes it easy to fit learning around work and family commitments.

The extensive course materials have been developed by gardening experts and are clear and straightforward, so your studying is easy and enjoyable. As you complete each lesson, your tutor will promptly return your marked assignment with constructive feedback and guidance.

(You can also contact your tutor or the support team for help at any point during your studies.)

The course includes all the required study materials.

There is no formal examination. On successful completion you will be awarded an HCC Certificate. You have 2 years to complete the course.


The HCC peeps are proud of theirr friendly, caring ethos and aim to do all we can to help you succeed.

Their tutors are all experienced, highly qualified and passionate about sharing their love of their subject. You can email or phone your tutor throughout the course – to ask questions, for advice, encouragement or to draw on their wealth of knowledge.

You can also contact the support team who are here to help you Monday to Friday, 6am to 12pm EDT.

What you will learn

Lesson 1

 Finding a plot

 Preparing the plot

 Planning your planting

 Tools for the job

 Preparing the beds

 Effects and control of weeds

 Sowing and planting

 A guide to composting

 Safe, healthy and environmentally sustainable practices

Lesson 2

 Soil profile horizons

 Physical properties of soil

Organic matter

 Soil water

 Soil acidity and alkalinity

 Plant nutrition

 Growing media

Lesson 3

 Crops

 Companion planting

 Resistant varieties

 Vegetable storage

Lesson 4

 Top fruit

 Soft fruit

 Month by month guide

Click HERE to Enroll Now!

Study length

If needed you have 2 years to complete the course. Many students are able to complete this

course in approximately 6-12 months*.

*Timescales are approximate and depend upon application and motivation.


There are no exams. On successful completion of this course you will receive an HCC Certificate*, graded to show the standard you have reached. The HCC’s reputation means this can be highly regarded on a Resume and, combined with your portfolio of coursework, is evidence of your achievements (whether you are applying for a job or a more advanced study course).


* The HCC Certificate will be issued once you have successfully completed your course and finished your course payments.

Career opportunities/progression

 With the appropriate practical experience, you could work as a general gardener, with an emphasis on fruit and vegetable growing.

Entry requirements

You do not need previous gardening knowledge or experience to enroll on this course.

You can enroll directly with the Horticultural Correspondence College by clicking HERE!

The total price for this course is a one off payment of: $545.00

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Hi Everyone, I thought I should introduce myself.

I'm Callum and I work at the Horticultural Correspondence College. I'm looking forward to getting involved in the Permies community a little more and answering any questions people might have.

I'm based in London and we're really excited that we can now welcome students from the US.

If you have any questions that aren't covered in Cassies' thread then let me know and I'll be able to help.

Hope to speak to some of you soon.

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