Home Gardening Courses

Course Listings

Home Fruit Growing

Fruit Trees, Berries, Citrus, Vines - Grow an abundance of fresh fruit, berries and nuts, efficiently and economically. Preserve your harvest and trade or give away excess surplus produce to your friends and neighbours.

Learn how to raise soil fertility, choose the best fruits for your situation, and grow them in a way which controls pests and diseases without using dangerous chemicals.

Cool and warm climate fruits are covered in this course; you are also given the option to concentrate your study on the types of fruits which are of most interest to you.

Home Garden Expert Course


This is a course for enthusiasts with a passion for gardening.  It covers everything a home gardener needs to know to become an expert garden guru. Impress your friends and family with your gardening knowledge or just become confident in your gardening abilities.

Develop garden ideas for your home and garden, refine your gardening techniques and learn from international gardening experts.

With almost 100,000 words (the size of three average books), plus lots of illustrations and expert tutor support, this course provides a unique and well structured opportunity to develop a very sound understanding of gardening.

Home Hydroponics

This is a good starting point for those who have little experience in Horticulture or hydroponics, whose main interest is growing AT HOME. Learn the theory behind hydroponics culture and gain first hand practical experience setting up your own basic hydroponics’ system. Hydroponics is an evironmentally friendly; and relatively fool proof way to garden at home. It can cost a little more to set up; but being largely automated; once established, the hydroponic garden can in some respects involve less work for greater rewards. It doesn't involve the heavy lifting of other forms of gardening; and that aspect alone has made it particularly useful for disabled or less mobile home gardeners.

Home Propagation

This subject aims to develop a basic understanding of the principles of plant propagation, an overview of propagation techniques and equipment and a general knowledge of the methods of propagation of the more commonly cultivated plants. It is specifically geared to the enthusiast hobby gardener. This course is more than just reading notes though; involving lots of practical work and opportunities to interact with expert horticultural staff and other students (through our student room directory).

Home Vegetable Growing

Learn what vegetables to grow at home, and how to grow delicious, fresh, healthy vegetables simply at home.

ACS student comment:
Great course, tutor was really good with explaining and marking. [She] gave me new ideas for my garden and hints for it too. Learning so many new things about growing different vegetables, how to grow them and what to do. All about soils and garden plots. Kathryn Crossfield, Australia - Home Vegetable Growing

You will study such things as:

  • What vegetables to grow
  • How to build a vegie garden.
  • Cultivation and planting.
  • The main types of vegetables.
  • Winter vegetables
  • How to make great compost.
  • Pest, disease and weed control.
  • Hydroponic and greenhouse growing
  • Growing vegetables indoors.
  • Herbs and uncommon vegetable varieties.
  • Watering and irrigation systems.
  • Harvesting, storing and using vegetables.

Landscaping Home Gardens

Dream of a beautiful garden but lack confidence? Learn how to plan, lay out and construct your own beautiful home garden.

Topics covered include: designing gardens, styles of gardens, drawing plans, understanding soils, basic landscape construction, weeds and pests, planting and pruning, lawns and other surfacing, garden features, plus a special project to help you develop your own garden in the final lesson of this course.  This opportunity turns your dreams into reality as you create plans for a stunning garden  in which you can work, play or simply sit back and admire.‚Äč