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how to be a gardener - The complete online guide

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Module 1 - Know your plot
Introduction
Assessing your plot
   Light
   Temperature
   Wind
   Moisture
Analysing your soil
   Soil types
   Soil pH
Drawing a survey
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Module 2 - Understand plants
Introduction
Plant types
   Annuals and biennials
   Perennials and bedding plants
   Woody plants
   Evergreen and deciduous plants
   Bulbs
   Climbers
Plant names
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Module 3 - Planting schemes and themes
Introduction
Planting styles
Combining plants
   Shapes and textures
   Colours
Do your research
   How to draw plans
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Module 4 - Practical planting
Introduction
Preparing the ground
   Improving your soil
   Digging
   How to dig
Buying plants
   Choosing healthy plants
   How to read the label
Planting
   How to plant in the garden
   Variations on a planting theme
   How to plant in containers
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Module 5 - Caring for your garden
Introduction
Tools
Watering
   Successful watering
   Watering equipment
   Storing water
Feeding
   Fertilisers
   Types of Feed
Pruning
   Stopping and deadheading
   Clipping and trimming
   Tools for pruning
   How to prune spring flowering shrubs
   How to prune bush roses
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Module 6 - Problem solving
Introduction
Pests and diseases
   Common pests
   Common diseases
   Problems caused by growing conditions
Weeds
   Annual weeds
   Perennial weeds
   The tools for the job
   Preventing weeds
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Module 7 - The productive garden
Introduction
Setting up your plot
   Making your own compost
   General care
Growing vegetables
   Salads, peas and beans
   Root crops, cabbage and onion
Growing fruit
   Soft fruit
   Tree fruit
The kitchen diary
Greenhouse growing
   Tomatoes and cucumbers
   Peppers and aubergines
The herb garden
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Module 8 - The gardening year
Introduction
The growing season
   Climate and weather
   Bad weather
Spring
   Key jobs for spring
   Spring's theme
Summer
   Key jobs for summer
   Summer's theme
Autumn
   Key jobs for autumn
   Autumn's theme
Winter
   Key jobs for winter
   Winter's theme
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