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huge home learning class on organic gardening (with FULL-TIME tutors!)

Cassie Langstraat
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Organic Gardening

An approach to gardening that works with nature, not against her.

It's safe to say that interest in gardening without artificial chemicals has boomed in the past decade. This has happened due to a greater awareness of the effect on the environment and of safety in the garden. Also,
people have developed a desire to produce food free from chemical inputs. This course aims to bring together the aspects of modern gardening which mesh with organic principles. We want to make this way of gardening as feasible as possible so people don't have any excuse not to garden organically. There is a lot of emphasis on understanding soil and how to build its fertility naturally, as well as effective, chemical-free methods to control weeds, pests and diseases. You will also learn how to grow a wide range of vegetables, fruit and herbs organically, benefits of greenhouses and the history of the organic movement.

Features of this course:

 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 enroll. 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 organic 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 their friendly, caring ethos and aim to do all they 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.

What you will learn

Lesson 1 - Introduction to organic gardening

 Composition of soil

 Deficiency symptoms

Lesson 2 – Organic matter

 Types of humus

 Soil organisms

 Organic manures

 Comfrey

Lesson 3 - The cultivation of vegetable crops

 Nutritional value of vegetables


Lesson 4 - Unusual vegetables

 Outdoor salad crops, sprouting seeds, blanching

 Freezing

Lesson 5 - The currants

 Less common fruit

 Planting, pruning, cultivation, propagation

Lesson 6 - Greenhouse siting, heating, ventilation, shading. Irrigation systems

Lesson 7 - Historical background of herbs

 The herb garden

 Growing herbs

 Propagation

Lesson 8 - Pests and diseases

 Part I: principles, control methods, companion planting

Lesson 9 - Pests and diseases

 Part II: for salad crops, soft fruit and tree fruits

Lesson 10 - History of the organic movement

 Further reading suggestions

 Poisonous plants.

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 or in garden maintenance in the organic sector.

 If you already work as a gardener, you could boost your career opportunities by demonstrating to prospective employers and clients your understanding of this rapidly growing field

Entry requirements

You do not need previous gardening knowledge or experience to enrol 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: $475.00

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Callum Tikly
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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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