Duration: 2 hours

Learn about the components needed for different types of hydroponics systems.
Duration: 2 hours

Learn how to control plant nutrient deficiencies, toxicities and system pH in hydroponics.
Duration: 3 hours

Learn about common pest and disease problems in hydroponics and how to control them.
Duration: 2.5 hours

Learn how to manage climate in hydroponics. Become familiar with methods of climate control and equipment required.
Duration: 2.5 hours

Learn how to successfully manage nutrient solutions in a hydroponic system.
Duration: 1.5 hours

Learn how to troubleshoot problems in hydroponics. Review methods for controlling problems to maintain system and plant health.
Duration: 1.5 hours

Learn about the different types of growing media for use in hydroponics systems.
Duration: 2.5 hours

Learn about plant nutrition requirements and how to interpret nutrient solution labels. Nutrition management is one of the most complex aspects of hydroponic growing.
Duration: 2 hours

Learn about the nature and scope of hydroponics systems.
Duration: 3 hours

Learn about the different types of hydroponics systems.
Duration: 2 hours

Learn how to design a garden appropriate to both the site, and the people who move through the garden. Understand the importance of scale and space in garden design.
Duration: 2 hours

Gardens have the potential to be the most colourful part of anyone’s property. Everything for the garden is available in a vast array of colours. But how do you decide which colour to choose? Learn how in this course!
Duration: 3 hours

Learn how to spice up your garden with some garden art! A carefully chosen and positioned garden ornament can be the difference between a good garden and a great garden. Your choice in ornamentation is not a matter of artistic perfection or cost - it is a matter of what fits the needs of your garden.
Duration: 3 hours

Learn how to add colour to a garden. The first decision will usually be deciding which colour or colours to introduce. Your choice may help you transform your garden.
Duration: 2 hours

Learn how to choose the right plants for your garden.
Duration: 3 hours

Often something very simple can create an enormous impact in a garden. A sculpture strategically placed to catch the eye, or a courtyard wall painted in a vibrant colour might do more to enhance the garden than a whole garden bed full of flowering plants. In this course you will learn some simple but effective ways to create an impact in your garden using sculpture, water and walls.
Duration: 2 hours

Learn how to develop or redevelop a garden to suit shade.
Duration: 2 hours

Learn how to design a garden to a budget. Like your household budget, a garden budget requires realistic estimates of how much you can afford to spend, what you would like to buy, and what you need to buy. A garden budget will also help you to control those impulse purchases that you might later regret.
Duration: 2 hours

A garden is an outside room, and like any room it needs to be furnished with practical things to make it more functional - including seats, tables, umbrellas, barbeque and clothes lines, as well as with less practical things to make it look good - statuary, decorative wall plaques, and the like. In this course you will learn how to furnish each ‘garden room’ in order to realise its full potential.
Duration: 2 hours

Learn how to design gardens for children. If play is constructive and full of variety, children will learn more and faster, so the best play equipment is that which supports and encourages a wide variety of different activities.
Duration: 3 hours

Learn the fundamentals of garden design. Designing your own garden can be one of the most creative things you ever do – producing a living sculpture that gives you years of enjoyment.
Duration: 1.5 hours

Learn how to light a garden. Garden lighting lets you use your garden at night - for entertaining friends, for recreational pursuits, or just for quietly relaxing.
Duration: 2 hours

Winter can be miserable in the garden. It gets dark earlier, it’s colder, and the ground stays damp for weeks or even months in some areas. In this course you will learn some things that can be done to make the garden more useable and comfortable over winter.
Duration: 1.5 hours

Learn how to use pots and planters in the garden. Pots and planters can be used inside or outside, with or without plants, and moved about the home or garden as you like to bring colour, fragrance or different shapes to an area as you need to.
Duration: 1.5 hours

Learn how you can reduce your chances of experiencing a break-in. The police always say that no matter what you do, a burglar will break into your home if they really want to. The trick is to make them not want to!
Duration: 2.5 hours

Gardens get used by people and so they are better value if they are designed well and incorporate things that are compatible with the needs of
those who use them. Consider what a garden should, and could, be used for and the people who will use it - not only now, but also in the future.
Duration: 1 hour

Learn how to make a house look and feel appropriate within the garden that surrounds it.
Duration: 3.5 hours

Learn how to build a green wall. Once the concept of vertical growing has been accepted, the question which arises is how to go about doing it. Whatever the reason for choosing a green wall, be it to enhance the appearance and biodiversity of an area, because of its health benefits, or for small scale food production, there are principles which will apply to its design and construction.
Duration: 4 hours

Learn how to create a green facade. There are many ways you can create a vertical wall of green without installing a full-blown green wall system. The green facade can be created using a variety of techniques depending on the situation, budget and personal preferences.
Duration: 3 hours

Learn about the nature and scope of vertical growing. Vertical growing takes on many different forms including green walls and facades through to productive systems such as those found in hydroponics and vertical farming.
Duration: 3.5 hours

Learn about the use of automation in vertical farming and gardening. Automation is nothing new in growing plants and now technology also plays an important role in the monitoring of vertical growing systems.
Duration: 5 hours

Learn how to maintain vertical gardens. Building any kind of vertical garden is a completely different thing to maintaining it. Often green walls are installed with very little thought of maintenance; then without the ongoing allocation of time and money, plants begin to sicken, and patches of the wall die.
Duration: 3 hours

Choosing plants for vertical growing is something which needs a great deal of thought for green walls and facades. Not only must you think
about what types of plants are going to suit the local environmental conditions, but also how large the plants are going to grow to.
Duration: 3.5 hours

Learn how to grow food using vertical growing systems. In places where land costs are high, it may be possible to grow a lot more produce per square metre by growing plants upwards. The number of commercial urban farms is increasing in cities around the world, and often these incorporate vertical growing systems.
Duration: 2 hours

Learn how to overcome common problems in growing plants by the coast. Understand how to choose plants adapted to seaside growing and modify the site to encourage these to grow to the best of their ability.
Duration: 3 hours

Learn how to identify and deal with common plant pests and diseases.
Duration: 2 hours

Learn how to fit more plants in a small garden.
Duration: 2 hours

One of the many bonuses of trees in the garden is the lovely cool shade they provide over summer. However, shade from large trees can also cause a range of different problems for plants and gardens. Learn how to overcome these problems and successfully grow plants in the shade.
Duration: 1.5 hours

There are lots of choices when it comes to planting a lawn but perhaps the most important one is what variety of turf grass to grow. Learn how to choose the right turf grass for your locality.
Duration: 1.5 hours

Learn how to create living garden art. Plants are the ultimate material for the garden artist to work with. A living plant is constantly changing; and that poses both a challenge and an opportunity for the creative gardener to develop some very special effects in the garden.
Duration: 3.5 hours

Learn how to successfully establish plants. A key to establishing plants in any difficult area is to “nurture them” through the establishment phase. This involves providing protection and support and gradually reducing the degree of support, thus gradually exposing the plant to the difficult conditions of the site.
Duration: 2 hours

Learn the fundamentals of plant selection. Plant selection is an important part of creating a beautiful and functional garden. With careful selection and well thought out planting schemes, you can minimise plant maintenance, minimise disease and prevent over-planting.
Duration: 2 hours

Learn how to select plants for dry gardens. Some countries (such as Australia and the USA) are more prone to drought than others; but even countries such as the UK experience periods of drought. With low water supply, water restrictions, and the prospect of being unable to water a garden as much as in the past; it is becoming increasingly important for gardeners to consider growing drought tolerant plants.
Duration: 1.5 hours

Learn how to select plants for various situations, including frost-hardy plants, plants for growing in inner city gardens, plants for growing in pots and plants for pets.
Duration: 4 hours

Learn how to deal with wet areas. Many gardeners have a spot in their yard that either tends to stay wet for too long or permanently stays wet. These places might be constantly wet, or only seasonally (‘the wet season’), or occasionally so. While some plants will cope with extended periods in wet conditions, others will only cope with short periods.
Duration: 4 hours

Learn about trees and shrubs, including evergreen and deciduous trees, and flowering shrubs, such as roses.
Duration: 2 hours

Learn how to use plants as windbreaks, hedges and screens to form a living, physical barrier. Plants can provide a quick growing, colourful alternative to a fence, wall, or other hard barrier.
Duration: 1 hour

Learn about growing food in the garden. Home grown produce somehow has a special quality. Some say it tastes better, others believe it is just healthier. And there is no doubt it is cheaper!
Duration: 1 hour

There are hundreds of different food plants that can be grown at home, ranging from fruits and vegetables to herbs, nuts, berries, vines, mushrooms and more. Learn how to choose the right combination to suit your family.
Duration: 3 hours

Learn about different ways of growing fruit and vegetables, including container growing, hydroponics and permaculture.
Duration: 2 hours

Learn how to grow fruit and vegetables successfully. Plants need proper conditions to grow well. Create the right conditions for the plants that you want to grow, or only grow the plants that will suit your growing conditions and climate.
Duration: 2 hours

Learn how to use homegrown produce. Its quality and nutrition is generally better than produce that you buy because it’s fresh (the food value can deteriorate as it ages), and you can be certain about what chemicals it has, or has not been, exposed to. Apart from this, growing your own food is a lot of fun.
Duration: 3 hours

Learn how to grow berries. Berries are a wonderful crop to grow. Unlike other fruits, most berries are small plants, able to be grown in smaller places, and are faster to mature, often giving you a crop in the first year.
Duration: 2.5 hours

Learn how to successfully grow citrus fruits.
Duration: 2.5 hours

Learn how to grow deciduous fruit trees. Understand chilling requirements, pollination, pest and disease control, and more.
Duration: 1 hour

Learn the fundamentals of growing fruit. Fruit trees are multi-purpose plants. They can be used for all the same reasons that you grow other trees – for shade, as a windbreak, to attract birds and wildlife, and to beautify the garden - but in addition, they give you something to eat. You don’t need a large backyard to grow fruit trees: espaliers, trellises and new dwarf varieties mean that you can grow fruit in just about any backyard.
Duration: 1.5 hours

Learn how to grow mushrooms. Growing mushrooms at home can be easy, rewarding and not nearly as difficult as you might think.
Duration: 2 hours

Learn how to grow nuts. Nut trees are considered to be a medium to long term investment. If grown commercially, most nuts (except peanuts which crop in six months and aren’t a ‘true’ nut in any case) take five or more years to bear and up to fifteen years to mature.
Duration: 2.5 hours

Learn how to grow tropical fruits at home, including pineapples, bananas, paw-paw and avocados.
Duration: 3 hours

Learn how to grow vegetables successfully. Vegetables have the advantage of giving a relatively quick return. Most vegetables only take from 6 weeks to 6 months between planting and harvesting. Home-grown vegetables also taste superior, and growing them can provide endless hours of satisfaction.
Duration: 1.5 hours

Learn how to grow vine crops, including passionfruit, choko and grape.
Duration: 1 hour

Learn about plant diseases. Diseases can strike even the most well cared-for garden and knowledge of plant pathology is vital to help identify diseases of your plants. Plant pathology is the section of botanical science which deals with diseases and troubles in plants.
Duration: 5 hours

Learn how environmental problems can affect plants, including heat, cold, wind, rain, frost, shade, pollution and more. Different plant species vary in their tolerance to these conditions. For example, the heat which might kill one plant may simply slow the growth of another.
Duration: 4 hours

Learn how to identify plant pest and disease problems. Learn about the pests and diseases they may come in contact with, and how to control them.
Duration: 5 hours

Learn about plant pests. Study different types of plants at risk of attack, how widely distributed pests are, and learn useful management techniques.
Duration: 5 hours

Learn about plant problems and plants they affect. By avoiding plants which are susceptible to pests or diseases common in your locality, you can create a garden which is more tolerant of problems and better suited to your part of the world.
Duration: 5 hours

Learn how to treat plant problems. There are a variety of ways to control pests and diseases. Chemicals will normally kill pests and diseases effectively, but there can be problems if you don’t use the right chemical or the right method.
Duration: 5 hours

Learn about gathering plant material, the beginnings of classification, herbarium specimens, and simplified keys.
Duration: 5 hours

Learn to recognise characteristics of important plant families. Includes close up images to help you learn.
Duration: 2.5 hours

Learn how plants are named, including details of the classification system, general history, and tips and tricks to help with Latin names.
Duration: 3 hours

Learn about the Proteaceae family. There are around 1700 species and 79 genera of plants in the Proteaceae (Protea) family and most are indigenous to the southern hemisphere. Around half of these species come from Australia and a quarter from southern Africa. Protea is internationally one of the best-known and most widely grown genera from the Proteaceae family. Proteas originate in southern Africa and many species are known and grown for their large colourful flower heads.
Duration: 4 hours

Learn about the Lamiaceae (Mint) Family. The Lamiaceae family contains about 180 different genera with more than 3,500 species of mainly herbs and shrubs. They are found throughout the world, with the majority in the Mediterranean region.
Duration: 3 hours

Learn about different approaches to gardening and design. Includes material on cottage gardens, colour theory, and more.
Duration: 3 hours

Learn about gardening techniques, including organic gardening, permaculture, crop rotation, and more.
Duration: 3 hours

Learn about general soil management and maintenance, different types of media and additions, and how to cater to a variety of plant types.
Duration: 5 hours

Learn how to identify pests, diseases and weeds, and fundamentals of plant protection.
Duration: 1.5 hours

All gardeners need a reasonable knowledge of plants. Learn about plant names, identifying plants, understanding different groups of plants, and how to plant them.
Duration: 2 hours

Learn about pruning and mowing. Amongst the key garden maintenance tasks which gardeners must undertake is the control of plant growth through pruning plants and mowing grass.
Duration: 2.5 hours

Learn about gardening tools and equipment. Naming tools and knowing their uses are part of a gardener’s knowledge. If you are aware of what they are, you can select the best choice for the task at hand or make recommendations to others.
Duration: 4 hours

Learn about watering and feeding plants. Like people, plants need water and food, but there are different needs depending on the plants and the growing conditions.
Duration: 3 hours

Explore a variety of machinery and equipment on the market which can be used to assist with horticultural maintenance.
Duration: 4 hours

Learn how to care for and maintain a variety of turf. Includes information on aeration, soil pH, and more.
Duration: 5 hours

Study mowing calculations, cut types, length of cut, and more.
Duration: 3.5 hours

Learn about start up costs, finance, franchises, required equipment, and more.
Duration: 1.5 hours

Back in the 15th and 16th Century England a lawn was often a mix of grasses and flowers such as clover, thymes, chamomile providing a green low growing surface and also a place for bees to happily collect their pollen and move to other areas of gardens and orchards for pollinating. Turf based lawns date back many hundreds of years. In times past they were an indicator of a person’s wealth and status, as only the wealthy could afford to maintain scythe mown grass; in most cases animals were used to keep the grass down.
Duration: 1 hour

Customers are far more informed today than they were in the past i.e. before google and social media aided them in finding information about almost anything and everything. Old school ways of trying to close a sale by overloading the customer with information, may not always work with modern, savvy shoppers as a result.
Duration: 1 hour

Conditions have to be suitable before a sale can take place. These conditions can be environmental, psychological or behavioural. For instance, a rushed, noisy atmosphere with a lot of distraction might be a good environment for a quick sale in a market place, but quite a bad environment for selling a piece of furniture or a pair of shoes or when demonstrating a garden product.
Duration: 1 hour

Selling is one thing, but inspiring a customer to come back and buy again is something else. A new customer is great but a regular customer is gold and needs to be looked after. The most important aspects of gaining and keeping customers has already been discussed: a friendly manner, interest in your customers’ needs, knowledge of plants and products and making sure that the customer leaves with a plant or product that is right for them and their purpose.
Duration: 1 hour

Once a salesperson assists a customer in realizing they have a need for the product - as long as the product is suitable, it will sell itself. The role of the salesperson in encouraging a purchase is to help the customer make their own discovery.
Duration: 1 hour

First impressions count! The first impression a customer has of a sales person will shape their attitude towards not only the sales person - but also of the business in general. A great first impression is the key to making sales and establishing and maintaining a thriving business.
Duration: 1 hour

If you are to sell something properly, you must know what you are selling, both its strengths and weaknesses. Only then are you prepared to answer the full range of questions that are likely to be thrown at you by a prospective customer.
Duration: 1 hour

How can we find the best way to sell to every type of prospective customer? Customers come from all walks of life, from various cultures with various customs, they may be young or old, rich or poor (and anywhere in between).
Duration: 1 hour

Some business people still take an entirely self-centred approach to sales and believe that good business means meeting their own needs. This attitude may work in the short term, if your product or service is necessary or in high demand, or until a competitor arrives on the scene who make customers feel that they are also important. In the long run, business success relies on happy customers, and these cannot be gained by doing only what is in your immediate interests or the immediate interest of your employer’s business, whether that means lying about your product, misrepresenting your services, not following up on promises, or refusing to take responsibility for faulty products or errors. Sooner or later, unhappy customers can and will find other businesses that give them what they want, and you will lose.
Duration: 2 hours

This is written as a guide for the person attempting to start or run a small nursery, herb or flower growing enterprise as a backyard operation on their larger property. It endeavours to include the most salient information and covers the most important topics you need to get you started. Use this as a starting point: Study closely the nursery industry and its sectors in your region – see what is and isn’t being done. Look at what plants and related products are currently in demand. Speak with appropriate government departments such as agriculture, forestry and other relevant authorities in your region; these places can help you with the detailed information you need to acquire that may not be covered here.
Duration: 4 hours

New nurseries, like many other small businesses, often fail because they haven’t been properly planned. Nurseries can be started with minimal cash investment, but the size of the operation must be geared to the amount of cash invested. If the initial investment is small, then the nursery should be small and grow slowly. Even if a sizeable investment is made initially, it is wise to retain up to one third of the cash available to carry the business for the first couple of years.
Duration: 3 hours

Learn the fundamentals of backyard nursery management and organisation. New nurseries pop up every year to service the growing demand for plants not just by home gardeners but also landscapers, developers, revegetation schemes and so on. To stay in business though you do need the ability not just to grow plants but to manage a business; financial and business management aptitude, plus organisational skills and efficiency are vital to your success.
Duration: 1 hour

Learn about plant health problems. The nurseryman or herb grower needs to know three things: how to treat plants in order to minimise the likelihood of health problems occurring in the first place; if a problem does occur, how to recognise and identify it & how to treat a problem.
Duration: 2 hours

Learn about materials required for plant propagation, including containers, potting mixes, labels and stock plants.
Duration: 2 hours

Learn how to propagate plants. Broadly, there are two ways of propagating plants - asexually and sexually. Asexual propagation involves growing a new plant from some part (e.g. leaf, stem and root) of an existing plant This is also known as vegetative propagation because it uses the ‘vegetative growth’ of the parent plant to produce the ‘daughter’ plant.
Duration: 3 hours

Learn how to propagate seeds and cuttings.
Duration: 2 hours

Learn how to start a small flower or herb farm.
Duration: 1 hour

To use herbs effectively and without risk usually involves skilled preparation of plant parts ranging from roots to shoots, seeds, flowers, bark and leaves.
Duration: 3 hours

Learn about the irrigation industry. Irrigation is the technique of supplying a plant’s needs for water. It is an integral part of successful crop production ranking as highly in terms of importance with fertilising and the control of weeds, pests and diseases.
Duration: 3 hours

Learn about different irrigation pumps and filters.
Duration: 3 hours

Learn when to irrigate in a small-scale situation.
Duration: 3 hours

Learn about the operation and selection of irrigation systems.
Duration: 1.5 hours

The air which surrounds an indoor plant is often different to the air outside of the building. Its gas composition, humidity and temperature characteristics can differ in many ways, and be affected by many things.
Duration: 2.5 hours

There is a range of plant species that will grow in variable conditions from low light, to bright light, in places with poor air quality, air-conditioned environments and in temperature extremes. Knowing a range of species to suit all of these situations helps you to choose the right plant for the right place.
Duration: 1.5 hours

Plants are grown indoors because of the psychological and physical benefits they bring. Indoor plants improve an indoor space aesthetically, making it a more pleasing environment; studies have shown that ‘greening’ an office space gives people a more positive and less stressed outlook. In fact, creating green spaces within a hospital was found to aid healing.
Duration: 1 hour

Plants growing indoors are not immune to having problems with pests and diseases. It is important to be able to correctly diagnose any problems which arise. Some insects are clearly visible on the foliage of plants, such as scale and aphids, which can be easily controlled. While others such as mites can be less visible to the naked eye.
Duration: 3 hours

There is a lot more to establishing an indoor garden than just choosing plants. There are many facets that need detailed consideration and include: planning (design – the planting design and the system design, installation and maintenance) and evaluation of an existing space where a plantscape or indoor plants are to be retrofitted rather than part of an original building design.
Duration: 2 hours

As discussed previously water is vital to plant growth and health: water is needed for photosynthesis, to enable the transport materials within the plant, for cell enlargement (influencing the growth phase) and in soft herbaceous plants to enable them to remain turgid. The effect of watering also cools the air around plants, creates humidity (which is important in indoor environments where air is usually dry) and allows new, clean air to enter the potting medium (from the top) as watering expels old stale air from the bottom of the pot through drainage.
Duration: 3 hours

The overall objectives in using plants indoors are to beautify a space and to create a great atmosphere, both aesthetically and physically within a built environment. There are a variety of ways in which plants can be introduced indoors and a variety of indoor landscaping methods. All designed to enhance a space, whether it be large or small.
Duration: 2 hours

Learn about the nature and scope of Permaculture. Permaculture is a system of agriculture based on perennial, or self perpetuating, plant and animal species which are useful to man. In a broader context, permaculture is a philosophy which encompasses the establishment of environments which are highly productive and stable, and which provide food, shelter, energy etc., as well as supportive social and economic infrastructures.
Duration: 3.5 hours

Learn about forest systems and their relevance to Permaculture design.
Course Duration: 3 hours

Learn how to grow tomatoes suitable for your region and intended use. Growing tomatoes is easy when you know how. This course will take you through general tips, propagation, pruning plants, health management of plants, examples of popular cultivars and even a small number of recipes to try.