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Starting a Backyard Nursery- Short Course

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Start a nursery- In your own backyard!

Start small and build a sustainable business growing and selling plants from your own back yard! This short course will teach you everything that you need to know about propagating and growing healthy plants, as well as the strong foundation of the nursery business essentials.

Some careful planning when you are starting out in your business will see that you have a plan for the business and will know what you will grow, how many plants you will grow, how you will grow them and how you will sell them.

With people's enthusiasm and interest in plants and gardening over the last few years, the opportunities are endless- find your niche, learn with us, start making money in your profitable nursery business.


What's INSIDE the course?
Course Content:

This course spans eight lessons. At the end of each lesson, there is an online self-assessment test. When you have completed all 8 lessons, you will be presented with a longer test, covering all of the course content. When you successfully complete this test, you can download your Certificate of Completion.

Lesson 1 Introduction and Possibilities

  • Introduction 
  • Form of product 
  • Growth stage 
  • Quantity 
  • Selling

Lesson 2 Management and Organisation 

  • Management and organisation 
  • Selecting the site 
  • Choosing what to grow 
  • Layout 
  • Managing manpower, equipment and materials 
  • Developing a nursery stock list – an example 
  • Nursery stocklist worksheet

Lesson 3 Propagating Techniques and Equipment 

  • An overview 
  • Sexual propagation 
  • Treatments 
  • Asexual propagation 
  • Propagating structures and equipment 
  • Nursery irrigation techniques 
  • Propagating beds 
  • Shade houses 

Lesson 4 Propagating Materials 

  • Containers
  • Potting mixtures
  • Labels

Lesson 5 Plant Health Problems 

  • Diagnosing problems
  • Minimising the likelihood of problems 
  • Treating a problem 
  • Chemical controls 
  • Minimising chemical use 
  • Biological controls 

Lesson 6 Propagation - Seeds and Cuttings 

  • Where to plant 
  • Pre-germination treatments 
  • Handling seedlings 
  • Pricking out seedlings 
  • Propagating ferns 
  • Cuttings 
  • Practical exercise 
  • Budding and grafting 
  • Layering 
  • Propagation of specific plants 
  • Ornamentals 
  • Annuals, bulbs and perennials 
  • Fruit and nut plants 
  • Herbs 
  • Growing on 
  • Potting up plants

Lesson 7 Starting a Small Herb or Flower Farm 

  • Herb growing 
  • Herbal products 
  • Growing flowers for profit in your backyard

Lesson 8 Management 

  • Starting a nursery 
  • Market research 
  • Planning 
  • Work scheduling 
  • Operational flow charts 
  • Nursery profile 
  • Costing your production 
  • Practical exercise 
  • Hypothetical case study 
  • Bibliography 
  • Other books
  • Useful contacts 


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Starting a Backyard Nursery- Short Course Starting a Backyard Nursery- Short Course
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