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Could you think of anything more satisfying than putting a delicious salad together this summer with lettuce, capsicum, cucumber tomato and herbs that you have lovingly grown and nurtured in your very own garden? It can be a reality, learn the essentials of growing vegetable. Learn how to start a productive vegetable garden and grow your own vegetables at home! Become more self reliant and grow your own healthy vegetables. You know how they have been treated and where they came from.
are many different ways you can grow vegetables; and an almost endless
range of varieties to choose from. The method you choose and the
varieties you grow should depend upon the time, space, level of
knowledge and other resources available to you.
This course teaches you many different ways of growing, and what is needed for just about every vegetable you can think of.
There are 8 lessons in this course:
Cultivation and Planting
Review of Major Vegetable Varieties
Pest, Disease and Weed Control
Hydroponic and Greenhouse Growing
Lesser Grown Varieties and Herbs
Harvesting, Storing and Using Vegetables
Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.
Identify a range of different vegetables
Determine sources and significance for information on vegetable growing
Describe the planting and cultivation of a range of different vegetables.
Describe production of some of the varieties of vegetable which are widely and commonly grown by home gardeners.
Evaluate and determine treatments for a range of common pest, disease and weed problems that affect vegetables
Determine and describe methods for producing a range of vegetable crops out of season.
Describe production of some of the varieties of vegetable which are less commonly grown by home gardeners.
Determine and describe ways of managing the water needs of vegetables in a home garden.
Describe when and how to harvest different types of vegetable crops.
Describe a range of methods for storing and using vegetables after harvest.
A productive vegetable garden needn't take up a lot of time. By using the "No-Dig" method of gardening, a vegetable garden of generous size could be assembled in a mornings work.
The method used in this type of garden is quite simple, layers of material are placed on top of the ground and seedlings are planted with a handful of soil. The materials needed would be found on most farms: Old hay, straw, newspapers, manure and some fertiliser such as blood and bone are all that is needed. If the ground is very hard or rocky it is advisable to put down a thick layer of old hay (about 20cm) first and then build your layers up from there, kitchen scraps can be incorporated into the mixed layers alternating with manure, spoilt hay blood and bone etc. It is advisable to water it all as you go along and top it with wet overlapped newspapers and a layer of old straw to keep it all in place. Holes are punched into the paper through the straw and the seedlings planted with a handful of soil. No weeding required. This method also requires less water as the mulch is extremely water retentive. Most vegetables thrive in this method. Crops that need seed to be sown directly into the soil such as carrots and onions could be planted in a conventional patch on their own.
Seeds are very cheap; a few packets of seeds such as cabbage, lettuce etc., have potentially hundreds of plants in them. It is well worth the effort to grow your own seedlings as well. A lot of farm produce stores also sell seeds such as corn, peas and seed potatoes (tubers) and onion sets in bulk, translating into a further cost reduction.