The Fruit and Vegetable Gardener (Level 2)

Course overview

This course will provide you with the necessary foundation, skills and knowledge to work in fruit and vegetable production on community farms, gardens and allotments.

The course is half classroom based and half practical work on our allotment and at Forty Hall Farm’s market garden. During the course you will also gain an insight into starting and running a food growing project.

You will learn

  • How to assess soil conditions and prepare the ground for sowing
  • How to compost and the importance of organic matter
  • How to propagate from seed and stem cuttings
  • How to plant out and maintain crops including learning how plants grow best
  • Pruning techniques for popular fruit trees
  • Pruning techniques for soft fruit bushes and canes
  • How to identify damage caused by plant pests and diseases and how to protect your crops
  • The different ways of growing including organic growing, no dig and hydroponics
Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. You do not need previous experience, just a willingness to learn. You will need to undertake some independent study. You may be asked to attend an interview to explore your interests, experience and ambitions.

Successful completion of this course will enable you to progress to our Advanced Technical Certificate or Diploma in Horticulture (Level 3), or an RHS Level 2 Certificate or Diploma. Alternatively, you can enter employment in the landscaping and gardening industry, or voluntary work in gardens, parks, charities and community gardens.

Ryan's story

The content of the course provided a thorough introduction to all the various elements that a horticulturalist should know, and there was plenty of practical as well as theoretical study.