Home Vegetable Growing Online Course

Home Vegetable Growing Online Course
Full Fee $595.00 incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00 incl GST
Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Certificate

This course is recommended with Home Fruit Growing and/or Home Propagation to get the most out of your garden.

Why study this Home Vegetable Growing course?

Nothing compares to the satisfaction of growing and cooking with your own fresh vegetables. Studying Home Vegetable Growing online with Careerline will help you to plan, establish, and maintain your own home vegetable garden. You’ll develop vital skills that will help you to give your vegetable garden the best chance of success.

Whether you hope to upskill, become a more skilled hobbyist, or get a head start on future studies, studying with Careerline will have a positive impact on your future. The Home Vegetable Growing course will help professionals in many fields to advance in their careers, while helping home gardeners improve their gardening skills. Your new knowledge will help you to be well-informed and prepared as you design, create, and maintain your vegetable garden.

It is recommended, but not compulsory, that this course is studied alongside the Home Fruit Growing or Home Propagation courses. The content of these courses complements the skills you will learn in the Home Vegetable Growing course, so you will have success when growing all kinds of edible and non-edible plants in your garden.

What will you learn?

Careerline’s online Home Vegetable Growing course will introduce you to several methods of growing your own vegetables. You will learn how to cultivate and plant your first vegetables, and how to select the right vegetables for your needs. In addition, you will develop an understanding of controlling and treating pests, weeds, and disease in your vegetable crop.

During your studies, you will learn how to grow a variety of common and lesser known vegetables, as well as herbs. You will study growing methods like hydroponics and greenhouse growing that will help you grow your favorite vegetables even when they are out of season. Home Vegetable Growing students also learn about garden irrigation and watering.

Finally, students learn how to correctly harvest and store vegetables using methods including bottling, pickling, freezing, blanching, and making chutneys and sauces.

Who is this online Home Vegetable Growing course for?

Careerline’s online Home Vegetable Growing course is designed for home gardeners who want to learn more about growing their own vegetables. Gardeners of all levels of experience will learn something new from this course. In addition, educators, garden retail professionals, landscapers, nutritionists, and other horticultural professionals will benefit from studying Home Vegetable Growing. Your new skillset will help you to provide higher quality services to your clients and customers.

This course is also designed for anyone interested in pursuing further studies in horticulture, plant science, food science, nutrition, landscaping, or gardening. You will be introduced to concepts covered in vocational and university courses, so you will feel prepared and confident as you continue your academic and professional journey.

Course Aims:

  • Compile a resource file of organisations related to home vegetable growing
  • Compile reviews of sixteen different vegetables suitable for growing at home
  • Carry out basic soil tests on two different soils
  • Obtain or make up a propagating mix
  • Make a vegetable garden
  • Identify weed species in a vegetable garden and suggest control methods
  • Make notes about pests and diseases in a home vegetable garden
  • Contact several chemical suppliers and obtain brochures or technical information sheets on weedicides and pesticides appropriate for use on vegetable crops
  • Contact a few greenhouse companies and obtain both literature and current prices
  • Either write to or visit a company (or companies) which supply irrigation equipment.
  • Obtain catalogues, brochures, etc
  • Try drying, bottling or freezing a vegetable you have not preserved before.
  • List 20 different vegetables with information about their culture and harvest


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    Detailed Course Outline

    This course is made up of a number of lessons or units.  Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online.  Click below to read about each of the lessons and what you will learn.

    There are 8 lessons in this course:


    • One Way of Growing Vegetables
    • Understanding Plant Names
    • Resources

    Cultivation and Planting

    • Water
    • Wind
    • Different Growing Methods

    Review of Major Vegetable Varieties

    • Describe production of some of the varieties of vegetable which are widely and commonly grown by home gardeners.

    Pest, Disease and Weed Control

    • Evaluate and determine treatments for a range of common pest, disease and weed problems that affect vegetables.

    Hydroponic and Greenhouse Growing

    • Determine and describe methods for producing a range of vegetable crops out of season.

    Lesser Grown Varieties and Herbs

    • Describe production of some of the varieties of vegetable which are less commonly grown by home gardeners.


    • Testing to See if it Needs Water
    • The do’s and don’ts of watering
    • Other Ways to Reduce Watering Needs
    • Watering Systems

    Harvesting, Storing and Using Vegetables

    • Preserving & Processing Your Food
    • Bottling
    • Pickles
    • Bottling Tomatoes
    • Chutneys
    • Sauces
    • Freezing
    • Blanching
    • Managing the Freezer
    • Vegetables you can Freeze

    When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.

    Course Tutor(s)

    Barbara Tremain BSc. (Hons) Horticulture, RHS Adv. Cert,. RHS General, City & Guilds Garden Design, Permaculture Level 3 (UK)

    Barbara brings to Careerline a wide range of horticultural experience and knowledge Barbara has a keen interest in herbalism, edible wild plants and has lead into studies of many plant based complementary medicinal systems, qualification as a Bach Flower remedy practitioner and studying Ethnobotany. Barbara has practiced and studied horticulture as well as combining it with her love of travel in many countries including the UK, US and Australia and has also studied Permaculture and runs her own horticulture business. Within the past two years she have also worked for Groundwork SW with 18-24 year old unemployed people, this work and the mentoring scheme has allowed me to teach informally. It has been a delight to nurture the interests of keen learners in horticulture and garden design. Meanwhile the business has covered a variety of Garden Design projects, from wildflower gardens to seaside situations, and has included some work with Chelsea Gold multi-winner John Moreland.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I pay in installments?

    Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.

    Can I study from anywhere in the world?

    We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.

    Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?

    Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.


    Do I have to sit an Exam?

    No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.

    Do you have set start dates?

    There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.