Ultimate Starter Course


  • GIY's 10 favourite veg in 10 steps.

    This online course is designed for new growers with big ambitions, but is also suitable for more experienced growers who don't want to miss a beat. Filmed and distributed in real time between March and October this year, join GIY founder Mick Kelly on the journey from empty space to a thriving veg patch. Join us today - the course is still open for registrations, so let's get started!

    Start before the end of April to grow your veg from seed. From May onward, you may need to use seedlings, which you can buy from your local garden centre. If you're starting the course in April/May, roll up your sleeves and take lessons 1, 2, and 3 all together!

    Veg Featured: Tomatoes, chilli peppers, squash, courgette, peas, carrots, beetroot, lettuce, rocket and Oriental greens. A mix of the fast-growing quick wins and slow-growing but most rewarding veg, this selection is chosen for diversity and deliciousness. All 10 veg seeds are available with our Ultimate Starter GROWBox that comes with everything you need to get started (Ultimate Starter GROWBox is purchased separately).

     

    • Where: The course is designed for anyone with as little as 5 square metres of growing space. Mick will be growing all 10 veg in two locations at GROW HQ, the home of our TV series Grow Cook Eat. Both of these locations are designed to replicate typical household growing spaces. The TV Garden consists of 3 raised beds and a small greenhouse, while Container Corner is an outdoor deck where everything will be grown in pots and other containers.

      What tools and things are needed? The course is designed to be as flexible as possible, allowing you to grow the 10 veg with little more than the 10 types of seeds, bags of compost and containers.

      Essential items you will need are:

      - Seeds

      - Compost

      -Small pots or module trays (included in Ultimate Starter GROWBox which you can purchase separately)

      - Sticks and string

      - Beds and/or containers

      However, various tools and other things will certainly make your life easier, especially if you are growing in beds rather than containers. The standard set of garden tools - trowel, spade, fork, hoe and rake are all recommended. We will also discuss and use organic products for controlling pests and providing liquid feeds, but we will also show you how to make homemade versions. For harvesting and preserving we will use basic kitchen equipment.

       

       

    • The course will be delivered in 10 steps over the course of the growing year, from preparing beds in Spring to storing your veg for the winter months. Each step will be broken down into a few key parts to ensure that each phase is kept as simple and straightforward as possible. After signing up for the course, you will be invited to create an account where you will be able to access all published video lessons along with summary notes and key actions. You will then receive an email when each new lesson is ready. The first two months feature two lessons each to cover essential skills that will be repeated throughout the course, with the following lessons spread across one month each.

      Start before the end of April to grow your veg from seed. From May onward, you may need to use seedlings, which you can buy from your local garden centre. If you're starting the course in April/May, roll up your sleeves and take lessons 1, 2, and 3 all together!  

    • Lesson

      Description

      Release Date

      1. Plan

      Understand the space, site and soil you need.

      March 2021

      2. Sow

      Learn how to sow any kind of seed - in pots, module trays and directly in the soil.

      March 2021

      3. Make

      Create a variety of containers as your seeds germinate.

      April 2021

      4. Care

      How to handle your seedlings and transplant successfully.

      April 2021

      5. Control

      Learn how and when to prune, thin, stake and weed to control your plants' surroundings.

      May 2021

      6. Protect

      How to defend against pests, plant disease and the weather.

      June 2021

      7. Boost

      Explore how liquid feeds, watering and pollination support the development of your veg.

      July 2021

      8. Harvest

      Ensure you maximise your yield and learn how to cook from root to stem

      August 2021

      9. Store

      Get set up for winter and beyond with processing, preserving and seed saving.

      September 2021

      10. Replenish

      Return nutrients to your soil through composting and learn how to keep growing through the winter

      October 2021

       

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