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Discover how seeds germinate, and the ways that you can provide the best conditions to make it happen. Explore the various methods you can use to propagate new plant specimens. Learn everything you need to know to establish a greenhouse, polytunnel or cold frame on your site. Be able to prune and espalier your fruit trees effectively.

This course follows the path that a plant makes from seed to harvest. It stops off at key points along the way to explore the options available to the permaculture gardener to give the plant the best chance of growing to maturity and providing a yield for your table.

Maximum Gardening

the skills you will gain in this self-paced online course:

  • Understand the four factors that primarily affect seed germination
  • Consider where you can source suitable organic seeds for your permaculture property
  • Be able to prepare a garden bed for planting seeds
  • Appreciate the benefits of starting seeds off indoors
  • Consider the suitability of different forms of grafting for different plants
  • Know how to take and cultivate cuttings from a plant to create new specimens
  • Recognize the various “yields” that can be gained from including a greenhouse in your permaculture design
  • Be cognizant of the basic steps required to build a greenhouse
  • Analyze the best position in which to site a polytunnel or cold frame
  • Have the knowledge to construct a cold frame or polytunnel on your permaculture property
  • Understand which situations may require you to prune a tree
  • Recognize different styles of espaliering
  • Know the visual signs that indicate when common fruits and vegetables are ready for harvest
  • Be able to harvest herbs so that you ensure regrowth in the parent plant

As with many plants, the course starts with seeds. We explore the process by which a seed germinates and turns into a seedling, introducing you to the four primary factors that affect the germination process, which are:

• Water
• Oxygen
• Temperature
• Light

For each of these, we’ll explore the circumstances in which they are most suitable, and offer practical guidance so you will be able to deploy them on your site as appropriate.

Whether seeds, seedlings or plants, some species benefit from different microclimates. You can provide these by utilizing one of a number of different structures. Whether to prolong the growing season, get a head start on it, protect delicate plants from extreme weather events, or to cultivate species that are not as suited to the outside condition, certain structures can provide a haven and an ideal cultivation environment.

In this course, we look at three of them:

• Greenhouses
• Polytunnels
• Cold frames

You’ll discover the benefits that each can bring to a permaculture property. You will also receive detailed guides to sourcing, siting, selecting, and constructing each of them.

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Plants may also need some maintenance to keep them healthy, so this course guide you through the situations when pruning trees may be necessary, and gives you the skills to perform the necessary pruning to ensure the ongoing health of your crops.

We also look at a form of pruning that can help garner’s with less space still enjoy the pleasure of cultivating fruit trees. You’ll discover how to espalier, and the different styles that can be achieved.

You’ll discover the benefits that each can bring to a permaculture property. You will also receive detailed guides to sourcing, siting, selecting, and constructing each of them.

Plants may also need some maintenance to keep them healthy, so this course guide you through the situations when pruning trees may be necessary, and gives you the skills to perform the necessary pruning to ensure the ongoing health of your crops.

After all that, and the care and attention you have given your plants, you will be rewarded with crops to feed you and your family.

The course concludes with a detailed guide to the visual signs that commonly cultivated fruit and vegetables give to indicate that their crops are ready for harvest – so you can bring the tastiest and most nutritious food to your table.