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If you’ve never experienced the joy of accomplishing more than you can imagine - then plant a garden! Learn to make your own garden from scratch, or if you already have a garden learn how to make the most of it. Whether you have a small inner city courtyard or an acre in the country, this course aims to help you get the very best out of your garden.


Your own garden will be unique for no two gardens are the same and no two days are the same in one garden. Gardening is a creative delight that inspires and satisfies. This course will guide you through all aspects of gardening – from design through to organics and vermiculture!


Our experienced tutors will not only mark and give you feedback on your test assignments they will also answer your questions and give advice on what is best for your gardening conditions.


1. Planning your garden
2. Garden types: vegetable, herb, flowers, shrubs, organics
3. Soil types and Ph levels
4. Plant basics: getting to know and grow them
5. Propagating from seed
6. Maintaining your garden
7. Choosing and planting ornamental plants
8. Gardening for the kitchen
9. When to plant

10.Growing plants without seeds

11. Propagating, grafting and taking cuttings

12. Pest control



· Tools and equipment

· Compost making and using and manure

· Permaculture and Biodynamics

· Attracting native birds and animals to your garden

· Planting trees and shrubs

· Deciduous plants and evergreen trees

· Growing herbs in containers and the garden

· Five basic rules to successful vegetable growing

· Crop rotation

· Seasonal considerations

· Propagation, hot beds and cold frames

· Taking and growing cuttings

· Plant dividing

· Potting and growing mixes

· Container gardening

· Rooting hormones

· Staking, thinning and pruning


Course Code: GARD
Prerequisites: Open entry
Assessments: 9 lessons / 9 assignments
Duration: This course must be completed within 12 months.
Stotts is registered as a private training establishment by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) under the provisions of the Education Act 1989 and its subsequent amendments. This course has no National Qualifications Framework accreditation and no credits will be reported to NZQA upon completion.

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