Vegetable Gardening Course - Sydney Short Courses

Vegetable Gardening Course

What you'll learn

Learn how to make your garden grow healthy, delicious and fresh vegetables with our gardening short courses in Sydney!

Learn to grow your own vegetables in any of your available growing spaces inside and outside of your house, out in the street, and in your local community gardens. This course has a green focus on small-space, inner-city and urban gardening and is happily applied to larger backyards and whole house areas.

There is a whole section of the course aimed specifically at growing vegetables in pots, troughs, and containers, with a definite objective to achieve some high productivity outcomes for small spaces, but overall the course is designed to give you more leisure time, to relax and enjoy more gardening perhaps, and all the other things that happen in life.

There are countless reasons to want to grow your own food at home.

This workshop will teach you the basics so you can understand how to create your very own edible garden at home. From selecting the right plants for the right places; to creating a sustainable food source with a diversity of plants that includes: exotic vegetables, bush food, natives and flowers: this vegetable gardening course will provide you with essential gardening skills that will last an entire lifetime.

We practice what we preach in this course, so come on down to our vegetable garden area, practice growing vegetables, and see for yourself how it all works. We get our (gloved) hands dirty!

Learning outcomes

By the end of this Vegetable Gardening course, you should be able to:

  • be confident about growing herbs and vegetables
  • assess the quality of your garden soil
  • determine the selection of vegetables that will work in your space
  • cultivate garden soils and select potting mixes for containers
  • develop a nutrient-rich well-structured soil profile
  • diversify your fresh food sources
  • grow vegetables and herbs successfully

Course content

What will be covered in this Vegetable Gardening course?

Practicals

  • Hands-on experience in college community garden beds
  • Your garden soil assessment
  • Planting out seeds & seedlings
  • Pots and containers - ground rules & pitfalls

Knowhow

  • Start with a great base: What you need to know about soils and mixes.
  • Fixing bad soils (sandy soils / clay soils / water-logged soils / unwettable soils)
  • To compost or not? That is the question!
  • Inspect your site: Work out where is best.
  • Trust the process: Containers and pots are different to garden beds.
  • Drainage: Do you need it?
  • Water or irrigation: Pick your climate option.
  • Fertiliser: Just do it.
  • Weeds vs Mulch: Who will win the Battle for Sunlight?
  • Composting: Feeds worm farming success!
  • Which veggies make sense: Grow what where!
  • Unique edible alternatives: Exotic vegetables, herbs, edible flowers & dwarf fruit trees
  • Seeds or seedlings: getting seasonal stuff right
  • Aim high: Don’t waste a good wall — capture and store that sunlight with climbing food plants.
  • Soak it in: With a rainforest of gardening hints and tips.

Intended audience

Who is this Vegetable Gardening course for?

This course is for people with or without plant knowledge, with or without big enough garden spaces, or with or without green thumbs, or people with problem areas that need fixing up, and they don’t know where to start, or how to do it, and want some help with all that.

Course venue

Rozelle Campus

2A Gordon Street, Rozelle NSW 2039 (corner of Gordon St & Victoria Rd on the grounds of St. Joseph's Church)

Course materials

What to bring to class

  • Bring in a small resealable plastic bag of garden soil from your garden space for testing and analysis (dig down about 150mm deep) 
  • Gardening gloves (tight fit is better for gardening work)
  • A face mask (to protect against potting mix/garden soil bacteria like Legionella)
  • Sharp secateurs (e.g. Bunnings - Bypass Pruner secateurs $3)
  • Sharp garden snips/scissors or kitchen scissors
  • Small hand spade tool
  • One small cleaning cloth
  • Small bag to carry small pots
  • Bring in bags of chopped up vegetable food scraps for composting in the college community garden
  • A sketch pad, pencil and eraser / or tablet
  • Notepad and pen to take notes / or phone /or tablet
  • Wet weather gear if required
  • Sun hat if required

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Vegetable Gardening Course

<p>Learn how to make your garden grow healthy, delicious and fresh vegetables with our <a href="https://www.sydneycommunitycollege.edu.au/courses/home-garden-cooking/gardening">gardening short courses

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$149 Limited inc GST / $119.20 / $126.64 / $134.10
Vegetable Gardening Course

<p>Learn how to make your garden grow healthy, delicious and fresh vegetables with our <a href="https://www.sydneycommunitycollege.edu.au/courses/home-garden-cooking/gardening">gardening short courses

...
$149 Limited inc GST / $119.20 / $126.64 / $134.10

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