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Fruit and Vegetables

Course CodeSGH4
Fee CodeSG
Duration (approx)20 hours
QualificationCertificate of Completion

Learn to Grow Fruit and Vegetables

20 hour Short Courses from ACS Distance Education

 This course covers 14 lessons:

Lesson 1 Food from the garden
What can you produce in your garden?

Lesson 2 Deciding what to grow

Lesson 3 Successful growing
Cold and the garden
Different growing methods
Where to get helpful information

Lesson 4 Fruits
Introduction - fruit trees for all climates
How to develop an espalier on a wall
Good backyard fruit trees for a range of climates

Lesson 5 Deciduous fruit trees
Winter chilling requirements
Pests and diseases
Deciduous fruit encyclopaedia
Bare-rooted fruit trees
Pruning deciduous fruit trees

Lesson 6 Citrus fruits
Tolerance to different climates
How to grow healthy citrus
Citrus species

Lesson 7 – Tropical fruits
What fruits and when

Lesson 8 – Berries
Berry fruit

Lesson 9 – Nuts
Introduction to nut growing
Commonly grown nuts

Lesson 10 – Vine crops
Grape varieties

Lesson 11 – Using produce
What to do with excess fruit

Lesson 12 Vegetables
Why grow vegetables?
The site
Choosing what to grow
Feeding and watering
Planning the cropping programme
Pests and diseases of vegetables

Lesson 13 Mushrooms
Four easy steps to growing mushrooms

Lesson 14 Special growing techniques
Growing produce in containers
Permaculture gardening
More special growing techniques


This is a self paced, 20 hour study program; with everything from your enrolment through to awarding of your certificate of completion, controlled by computer software developed by our programmers.

Utilizing cutting edge technology all the way; you can

  1. Enrol, pay course fees into pay pal; your payment approval then triggers an email explaining how to proceed, and access to the course.
  2. You are then given instructions (options to read or listen to an audio).
  3. Next you proceed to work through lessons as fast or slow as you wish; undertaking automated self assessment tests at the end of each lesson, choosing practical/additional learning tasks to undertake as you go.
  4. On concluding the final lesson; you undertake a major online exam; and on achieving a 60% pass rate, you are given a "Certificate of Completion" carrying your name and date, to download as a pdf, to save or print as you wish


Unlike our other 100 hour courses, there is no additional exam fee charged for the exam in this or any of the 20 hour short courses.