Organic Gardening

This 6-module course explores the theory and practice of organic gardening, providing a comprehensive introduction.

Study topics include: history of the organic movement; organic gardening and the environment; soil cultivation and management; organic cultivation of fruit and vegetable crops; the herb garden; an organic diet; accreditation of organic crops; greenhouse gardening; controlling pests and diseases; weed control; conservation and the gardener; encouraging wildlife; the garden pond; planning your organic garden.

On successful completion of the course students are awarded an Edinburgh Garden School certificate of Course Completion. Edinburgh Garden School is part of Borders Connect, accredited by the ODLQC and registered as a training provider with the Online Learning Council. Our course includes 6 easy-to-follow modules and 6 tutor-marked assignments. It includes approximately 54 hours of study time.


  • Certificate in Organic Gardening

Book Now - £225

Enrol on Online Course - £225

Our online course is delivered by email so you can download it to your computer and work on it at your own pace. You can also print the course material if you prefer.

Enrol via 6 instalments

You can choose to pay over 6 monthly instalments of £37.50 (Total £225).

Book Online Course Plus Printed Notes


This option allows you to buy a printed copy of the online notes to support your course. The course material is delivered in two large lever arch folders. Price includes courier fee. 

Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction: History of the organic movement. Organic gardening and the environment. Health benefits.

Module 2: Composition of soil: Deficiency symptoms. Soil conditioning. Organic matter. Humus. Soil organisms. Organic manures. Digging methods.

Module 3: Organic cultivation of fruit and vegetable crops: Propagation, seed/seedling sources, pruning, maintenance, harvesting. Selecting and cultivating herb species. Greenhouse gardening.

Module 4: Pests and diseases: Biological control, crop rotation, companion planting, protecting fruit and vegetables.

Module 5: Conservation and the Gardener: Encouraging wildlife. The garden pond – maintenance, care, stocking.

Module 6: Lawn Care: Exploring organic lawn care. Establishing a new lawn. Renovating an established lawn.

Sara Wear Organic Gardening

Super course! I really enjoyed learning more about organic gardening. It's a well-planned course, easy to follow ad the tutor was lovely!