Vegetable Growing For Beginners


This Six Module Home Study Course will teach the gardening beginner all that he or she needs to successfully grow their own vegetables.


The Course is split into 6 modules:

Module 1 – Introduction 

  • The benefits of growing our own vegetables
  • How to effectively use the space that we already have to grow vegetables
  • The top 10 vegetables to grow in terms of time needed and space required
  • Constructing a raised bed
  • An alternative type of bed – an introduction to the no-dig bed
  • All about taste…
  • What we need to fill our beds with

Module 2 – Soil And Testing

  • An explanation of soil PH and how it affects us
  • Trace elements
  • How to test for PH
  • NPK – what they are and why they are important
  • Different types of manure
  • Green manure
  • Different types of compost
  • How to make your own compost

Module 3 – Seeds

  • Introduction To Seeds – What They Are and Types
  • Sowing Methods
  • Modules
  • Trays
  • Planting In-situ
  • Elements and sourcing
  • Spacing
  • How this comes together and affects what we grow
  • The 3 Easiest Vegetables To Grow
  • Plants vs Seeds

Module 4 – Seasonality

  • Vegetables are grown, not flown
  • A Month by Month guide on what to grow
  • Why seasonaility and varieties matter
  • Why choosing the right varieties you can extend seasons
  • Why home grown is about taste
  • Propogators

Module 5 – Growing In Pots

  • Types of pots
  • Pros And Cons of diverse growing systems
  • Types of composts
  • Container size and cropping
  • Protecting Crops
  • Cloches/common problems
  • How to deal with pests

Module 6 – Long term Planting

  • Vertical planting
  • Harvesting
  • Edible flowers
  • Perennial vegetables
  • Soft fruit
  • The easy way to preserve your crop


Learn How To Garden has its own dedicated website where all our courses will be hosted.  Each course has its own designated ‘space’ and access for members is via a simple username and password that is emailed to you on the day the course commences.  (You can tick a box on the log on screen and the system will remember you for 2 weeks – so you don’t have to remember passwords all the time!)

Each module is delivered at weekly intervals.  Each lesson within each module has its own dedicated lesson page where you can watch the video tutorial for that topic, download the checklist (where applicable) and ask questions if you’re not sure about anything.

There are between 5 and 6 hours of video within the main course (but see the Bonus list below for additional videos.)


The current registration price for Version 1.0 of the course is £85.  Over time we anticipate adding more material to make the course even more valuable. As we do that, the price will increase to reflect the added value.

As well as the course you get an important bonus:


Every month we produce a subscribers only newsletter video – and one of the most common emails we get from new subscribers is how can people get access to previous newsletter videos. Up until now the answer has been that you can’t.

As well as the nearly 6 hours of video in the course itself you’ll also have access to 12 of the monthly newsletter videos that we’ve made in the members area.


A lot of courses are ‘once and done’  You take the Course and that’s it – two weeks later if you forget what you learned then there’s nothing but your memories to cross reference!

With this course that’s not the case – if you want to review/refresh constituent parts of the course you can simply log in to the members area and find the section you want to review, hit play and you’re away.

The ability to do this is also a big factor in learning and applying the material.  You can watch and rewatch a section that you’re not sure about. And if you’re STILL not sure about it, then leave a question on the page and Mark will give you an answer (usually within 24 hours!)


If you’re interested but not 100% sure there are two things you can do:

1.  You can use the contact form and ask me the questions you need answering before you can make a decision.


2.  You can enroll on the course anyway and if within the first 30 days you decide the course is not for you for any reason then simply drop us an email and we will refund the Course fee.

So it really should be a no-brainer – all the risk is on me.

To enroll, please click on the Paypal button below and pay securely using your Paypal account or using a credit card:



(Please note that it can take up to 24 hours to process your payment and add you to the Course.  We’re working on making that turnaround quicker!)



I have known Mark for several years and have grown my flowers in a field adjacent to his.  Mark has a thorough understanding of the art and craft of veg growing, and the practical know-how to manage and maintain a productive garden of any size.  Mark’s working practices are concise and efficient – modest amounts of labour yield excellent crops.  What’s more important than all this though is his passion to pass on this information to others.

Ben Ranyard,

jonathan jones

“I got to know Mark really well on a Plant Finding Trip to Ecuador sponsored by the Royal Horticultural Society. There are a few so-called “experts” out there who have a similar depth and breadth of knowledge on plants and how to grow them as Mark – there are very few who combine that knowledge with a passion for teaching it.”

Jonathan Jones, Gardening Director, Tregothnan Estate and Botanic Garden

To enroll, simply click on the Paypal Buy Button below:



If you have any questions, use the contact form and let me know.  Or reply to one of my emails.



Mark Abbot Compton/



13 thoughts on “Vegetable Growing For Beginners”

    1. Hi Michelle

      Good question.

      You have unlimited access…at some stage in the future we may enable downloading of the modules too.
      And over time extra content will be added which you will automatically get access to.


  1. Is this live or are the courses prerecorded? In other words, does one have to commit to attending during a specific time? Erich

    1. Hi Bob.

      Interesting question. The value attached to the 30 minute Skype consultation doesn’t reflect how I value my time – instead it is an approximation that reflects the value that the person asking the questions can get from those 30 minutes.

      If you are trying to learn about growing vegetables and are going wrong, the answers to four or five questions could save you up to a year’s worth of work in your vegetable garden. Given the equivalent cost of produce at the supermarkets AND the cost of time that will be wasted £200 could be a small valuation of the answers the person asking the question gets.

      Although as with all things there’s a caveat….that valuation only works IF the person who asks the question implements the answer.


      1. I have to say, whilst the course looks good, this one bit of information – value £200 – is something that I find very off putting as it makes an otherwise well presented ad seem a little desperate.

        Given your answer, I think it would have been better not to state value, leaving the reader to decide if or how they value that.

  2. Hi Bob

    How people value things is highly idiosyncratic. I put the value of £200 on the Skype Consultation because it accurately reflects both the cost of my time AND the cost of the person taking the Skype consultation’s time. If you did a consultation like this on a face to face basic you’d have to travel to and from the consultation incurring both travel costs AND the opportunity cost of the travel time. Not to mention the fact that you will find very few gardeners who are equipped to give the answers that are needed who are actually willing to do consultations with ‘ordinary gardeners.’

    If you ask anyone who knows me you’ll find that once asked questions on anything – and especially gardening – it’s hard to get me to shut up. So most of these consultations will actually run to 40 minutes and possibly more. So the people who take these consultations will get their money’s worth – seeing as it’s a Bonus to the main course. And not actually costing a penny!

    My perception of selling things in several different businesses and markets over the last thirty years is that if you leave someone to guess the value of something they will almost certainly get it wrong. Making sure people know the value of what they’re getting gives as complete a picture as possible to enable people to make the most accurate buying decision possible. No desperation…just an attempt to give as clear a picture as possible.


  3. Hi Mark, I’m wanting to sign up for your ‘Vegetable Growing for Beginners” course, but wonder if you could answer a couple of questions for me before I decide. First, we’ve recently moved onto ten acres about a half hour outside of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in Canada, so my first question is, will the information I learn apply to this locale? My second question is to do with the quality of my soil. The area we’ve moved to is very popular with horse owners and is, in fact, called “Sandy Ridge”….yes, the soil is VERY sandy. There is a very large veg garden area on the property we’ve purchased and while its not been used in 2-3 years now; the previous owners said they always amended it with manure. My big concern is that the sand appears to go very deep on this property….we put in a zip line for the kids and the posts we installed met with sand to about 4 feet deep!. The garden out here is much larger than anything I’ve gardened before, and I’m still very much a beginner, but will dealing with very sandy soils be covered in the course? Thank you and best wishes, Kim

    1. Hi Kimberly

      The great advantage of sandy soil is that you have no problems with drainage. What you do have a problem with is lack of nutrients but because you are in an area where acquiring manure should not be a problem, by incorporating manure and leaf mold into your raised or no dig beds you can create a really productive garden quite quickly. Also most vegetables take their nutrients from the top couple of feet of the soil so this is where you would concentrate on improving the fertility. If you have any other queries please ask me, I have gardened on sand myself.

      My Vegetable Growing for Beginners course is relevant for you because it covers a lot about nutrients, soil structures, how soil can be improved and how best to incorporate nutrients into soils and techniques that will allow you to construct vegetable growing areas effectively.

      Kind regards


  4. Will this course cover which method and what veggies and flowers are best for my own garden with its unique characteristics? I’m
    Clueless on where to even begin and tried growing last year to no avail

    1. Hi Brian

      The course covers all of the fundamentals needed to understand how to grow vegetables. The course also covers how to construct growing areas that will allow you to grow the majority of vegetables in your garden. What I would say is the most important thing is to grow what you are likely to use as growing something perfectly which you dont use is wasteful of your time and space. The majority of vegetables can be grown in a wide variety of conditions. The other great thing about my course is you have access to me and you can ask very specific questions on any issues or problems you have. I made the course for absolute beginners just like you and in the course you will meet Jo who has never gardened before either and she now happily gardens and grows her own vegetables as a result!

      Kind regards


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Teaching you how to grow your own vegetables and fruit