Urban Gardening Short Course

Urban Gardening Short Course
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Urban gardening can be an effective and creative solution for those who don’t have a typical garden, but want to create something in the space they do have. This urban gardening short course will introduce you to some general gardening skills, and teach you how to plan, budget for, plant and maintain an urban garden of your own. With five modules packed full of expert content, you’re sure to finish the course with green fingers ready to plant!

What Is Urban Gardening?

Urban gardening is a term often used in towns and cities where people don’t have much or any garden space. If you are a city dweller, maybe you live in a flat or your home comes with a courtyard or decked back yard. Whatever your situation, urban gardening is all about making the most of the space you do have. An 'urban garden' could typically refer to container planting, window boxes, food production in an urban space or even getting creative with ornamental plants.

Will I Be Able To Plant An Urban Garden?

The aim of this five module course is to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to plan and carry out your own gardening project. When you’ve finished the course you’ll certainly have plenty to think about, from the types of plants that are best suited to urban gardens, to choosing the right location for them. You’ll learn more about soil, making your own compost, and, when quizzed, you’ll be able to give anyone the lowdown on annuals and perennials. This may be a short course but it will arm you with practical knowledge that you can reap the benefits of for years to come.


Whether you’re a hobby gardener or someone with a gardening business looking to expand your knowledge of garden design in urban spaces, you will benefit from the eight hours of training in this course.

  • Study the history of urban gardening.
  • Learn how to choose the right location for your urban garden.
  • Look at a gardener’s basic tool kit.
  • Understand how to choose plants and create a budget for your garden.
  • Look at hardiness ratings and annual/perennial classifications.
  • Become familiar with soil preparation, planting methods and crop rotation.
  • Learn how to get the most out of an urban garden.
  • Discover techniques for weeding and dealing with pests/disease.
  • Look into composting and the benefits for your garden.
  • Learn about growing and preserving vegetable and fruit in an urban garden.


  • Pick up a varied range of knowledge and practical tips to apply to your own urban garden.
  • Learn from experts about the different types of plants that will suit an urban garden.
  • Expand your knowledge and open up new business opportunities if you are in the gardening trade.
  • Create your own urban garden and enjoy a fun and relaxing hobby.
  • Add a beautiful useable space to your home – and maybe even add value or saleability to your property!
  • Visit the learning platform whenever you are ready, on any internet-enabled device.
  • Receive a certificate on completion of the course and a final test.
  • Retake the test as many times as you need to.
Introduction to Urban Gardens
  • A history of urban gardening;
  • How to choose the right location for an urban garden;
  • How to determine how much sun a location gets;
  • The basic tools that you need for urban gardening;
Choosing Plants for your Urban Garden
  • How to find out what hardiness rating means;
  • The USDA and the RHS systems for hardiness;
  • The difference between annuals and perennials;
  • Creating a budget for your garden;
Planting and Maintaining an Urban Garden
  • How to properly prepare soil for your garden;
  • The different ways to plant;
  • The importance of crop rotation;
  • Correct watering techniques;
Caring for and Getting More Out of an Urban Garden
  • How to properly weed a garden;
  • How to tackle pests in a garden;
  • How to stop disease in a garden;
  • Correct transplanting methods;
Beyond the Urban Garden
  • How to create compost;
  • How to preserve fruit and vegetables;
  • How to cut and dry flowers;
  • Preparing your garden for winter;
Course Code
Online Course
Course Access
1 Year
Exams Included
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Operating Systems
Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows 10
Mac OS
Internet Explorer 8 or above
Google Chrome
Safari 6 or above
Mozilla Firefox
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