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Practical Horticulture Skills Level 1

Would you like to learn how to garden like a professional? Transform your outdoor space and grow edible crops? Be outdoors and get fit? Gain a qualification and improve employability!

Learn how to garden like a professional; grow edible crops, transform your plot, get outdoors, get fit, get a job.

This course will empower you with knowledge and skills, enabling you to develop and achieve a good understanding of what it takes to be a professional gardener. The course is focused on the basics of gardening and will include the following topics: 

  •  Understanding your soil and ways to improve it
  • Identifying weeds – removal techniques and learning ways to control them 
  • Identifying soil type – ways to improve your soil structure Testing and products 
  • Soil improvers – what are they and do we need them? 
  • Plants – gain knowledge of seasonal annuals and perennials to grow at home and understanding timings for harvesting your crops
  • Pests and diseases – identification and control methods 
  • Planning the garden – working with nature to create harmony
  • Seasonal timings for ground preparation – Understanding single and double digging techniques and no-dig methods of growing 
  • Seed sowing indoors and out and techniques for transplanting seedlings 
  • Propagation techniques – making more plants   
  • Composting – turning waste into green compost 


You will need to bring a packed lunch and suitable outdoor clothing e.g. a hat to protect from sun or cold, a pair of gardening gloves and sturdy footwear.  

Further Study

  • Practical Horticulture Skills Level 2
  • Apprenticeship in Horticulture or Landscaping

Part-time courses are term-time only.
See our term dates for further information.

Did you know that some of our courses are free if you earn less than £20,319 (£21,255 if you live in West Yorkshire, difference in qualifying earning amounts is due to local authority funding regulations). Call 01756 693 309 for further information.

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