How to be a Successful Gardener (1 Year)

Course Length: 1 Year course (2 modules)

Tutor: Neil Bone

Cost: £275 per (15 week) module or £525 for the year.

Starts Saturday 28th September 2019 from 9.30am – 12.30pm. 

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

Come and learn with Neil one of our experienced instructor's in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere with likeminded people who have a similar level of interest and ability.

Focusing on the principle areas of contemporary gardening it is divided into 2 modules, each of 3 hours per week for 15 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 plenty of practical elements 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: Grow Your Skills 

• Soil cultivation and preparation
• Propagation
• Planting
• Maintenance tasks
• Pruning
• Composting
• Growing in containers and small areas
• Wildlife and wildlife havens
• Plant choice and wildlife – gardens significant impact on nature
• Sustainable gardening
• Gardening in a changing climate
• Sustainable design

Module 2 - Growing Your Own Fruit & Vegetables: Enjoy the Fruits of your Labours (starts February 2020)

• Planning your vegetable garden – when and what to sow
• Preparing the ground
• Use of fertilisers and compost – including green manures
• Sowing and planting
• Peat-free growing
• Pests and disease monitoring and management
• Friend or foe - enemies and allies in the natural world
• Harvesting and avoiding gluts
• Gardens and your well-being
• Herbs for eating
• Plants for medicinal interest
• Within these four walls - how to reuse and recycle in the garden.


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

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.

Please note:  Courses will only be cancelled if not viable to run.