How to be a Successful Gardener (1 Year)

Course Length: 1 Year

Tutor: Neil Bone

Cost: £199 per (10 week) module or £499 for all 3 modules (30 weeks) (prices include 10% Family Card discount)

Starts Saturday 27th October 2018, 9.30am – 12.30pm.  Sorry, module one of this course is now full.  Spaces for modules two and three are still available.

Who can apply?
For people who have an interest in gardening and want to know more without a taxing level science and complexity! No prior knowledge or experience is required.

Focusing on the principle areas of contemporary gardening it is divided into 3 modules, each of 3 hours per week for 10 weeks.

The whole course lasts 30 weeks. The modules are also offered as individual courses so it will be possible to dip in and out for subjects you have a particular interest in.

There will also be a practical element to each module to give real experience of the topics covered.

There will also be a practical element to each module to give real-life experience of most of the topics covered.


What will I learn?
Module 1- The basics of how to garden - THIS MODULE IS NOW FULL. 

• Soil cultivation and preparation
• Propagation
• Planting
• Maintenance tasks
• Pruning
• Composting
• Growing in containers and small areas.

Module 2- Wildlife and environmentally friendly gardening

This module starts Saturday 12th January 2019 9.30am - 12.30pm (spaces available) 10 weeks.
• Friend or foe – enemies and allies in the natural world
• Wildlife and wildlife havens
• Plant choice and wildlife – gardens significant impact on nature
• Sustainable gardening
• Gardening in a changing climate
• Peat-free growing
• Sustainable design
• Within these four walls – how to reuse and recycle in the garden.

Module 3- Growing your own vegetables

This module starts on Saturday 27th April 9.30am - 12.30pm (spaces available) 10 weeks.
• Planning your vegetable garden – when and what to sow
• Preparing the ground
• Use of fertilisers and compost – including green manures
• Sowing and planting
• Pests and disease monitoring and management
• Harvesting and avoiding gluts
• Gardens and your well-being
• Herbs for eating
• Plants for medicinal interest


Should you have any further queries relating to this course please telephone Linda Magee at Coolings Nurseries Ltd on 01959 532269 or

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If you are interested in any of our courses that are currently full please contact us to join the waiting list.  If there is sufficient interest then we will always consider running another course.