Organic Gardening Course

Organic Gardening Course

Short courses in Sydney CBD, open to everyone.

Learn to create a vibrant, healthy garden with our Gardening & Horticulture courses in Sydney CBD.

Make your garden more productive with our Gardening & Horticulture courses in Sydney CBD – short courses open to everyone.

With the increasing trend of intensive chemical farming impacting our lives daily, now might be the perfect time to consider starting your own home-grown organic garden. This organic gardening course will teach you all you need to know about growing and enjoying the taste and goodness of your own organic herbs, vegetables and fruit trees, while slashing your fresh food bill. This organic gardening course will allow you to discover how to master the skill of composting, worm farming and other methods of recycling. Explore the benefits of crop rotation, companion planting and moon planting and learn how to eliminate weeds and plant pests and diseases without using chemicals. Consider the shift towards genetic modification of some crops, its potential for both human and environmental health, and the link between certain chemicals and human diseases.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this organic gardening course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify the health benefits of organic food.
  2. Analyse and remediate different soil types/potting mixes.
  3. Implement various methods of recycling, including composting and worm farming.
  4. Cultivate organic herbs, vegetables and fruit trees.
  5. Apply crop rotation, moon planting and companion planting successfully.
  6. Use organic and biological controls to get rid of weeds and plant pests and diseases.
  7. Eliminate the use of garden chemicals.
  8. Appreciate the environmental benefits of organic practices.
  9. Understand genetic modification and its effects.
  10. Recognise the connection between some chemicals and human diseases.

Course Content

The following content will be covered in this organic gardening course:


  • What is organic gardening?


  • Nutrition
  • Taste
  • Cultivation control
  • Bee security
  • Environment
  • Satisfaction

Soil Types and Remediation

  • Sand
  • Loam
  • Clay
  • pH

Potting Mix

  • Safety
  • Types
  • Application


  • Types
  • Organic
  • Inorganic
  • Application
  • Benefits


  • Compost
  • Worm farm
  • Bokashi Bucket
  • Compost Cannon
  • Composta
  • Benefits


  • Culinary
  • Medicinal
  • Pest control
  • Benefits


  • Ten for large and small gardens

Fruit Trees

  • Citrus
  • Fruit trees for large and small gardens

Crop Rotation

  • Reasons
  • Program
  • Benefits

Companion Planting

  • Reasons
  • List provided
  • Benefits

Moon Planting

  • Reasons
  • Benefits
  • Discussion

Biological Pest Control

  • Natural predators
  • Suppliers

Organic Pest and Disease Control

  • Products
  • Benefits

Genetic Engineering

  • Research
  • Discussion


  • Research
  • Discussion


  • Course review

Intended Audience

This organic gardening course would appeal to anyone interested in using organic principles to promote a healthy lifestyle and environment.

Delivery Style

This organic gardening course is conducted in an interactive classroom environment. Organic principles are discussed and demonstrated. Herb, vegetable and fruit varieties are presented and comprehensive notes are provided.

Judith Sleijpen graduated from Ryde School of Horticulture with distinction in Urban Horticulture and gained experience in the retail nursery industry for several years.

As a Member of the Horticultural Media Association, Judith writes a monthly gardening column for Peninsula Living and Northshore Living. She has also published articles in Landscape Contractor and Manager, Better Homes and Gardens, Gardens and Outdoor Living and The Garden Gurus.

Passionate about garden design, plants and bees, Judith is a Member of the Australian Institute of Horticulture, a former member of the Sydney Executive Committee of Open Gardens Australia and the Speakers' Bureau of the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Judith now conducts her garden design and horticultural consultancy business, Gardens, Balconies and Beyond.



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