Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

    • Welcome to your new course!!

    • Meet your teacher

    • How to use this course

    • Download your BONUS Growing Guides

    • Before we begin...

  • 2

    Module 1: PLANNING

    • Plan your garden first

    • 1.1. What exactly is Organic Gardening?

    • 1.2. The 5 biggest mistakes to avoid

    • 1.3. Location, location, location

    • 1.4. Selecting garden beds and containers

    • Exercise: Draw your garden

  • 3

    Module 2: PREPARATION

    • Let's get started

    • 2.1. Soil fertility

    • 2.2. How to do a soil pH test

    • Exercise: Test your soil

    • 2.3. Choosing potting mixes

    • 2.4. Make Your Own Potting Mixes

    • 2.5. How to make a no-dig garden

    • 2.6. Renewing an existing patch

  • 4

    Module 3: PLANTING

    • Filling your garden with plants

    • 3.1. Seasonal planting

    • 3.2. How to sow seeds

    • 3.3 How to make your own paper seedling pots

    • 3.4. Planting out

    • 3.5. Companion planting

    • Exercise: Keep a record of what you've planted

    • Quiz: what have you learnt so far?

  • 5

    Module 4: MAINTAINING

    • Maintaining healthy plants

    • 4.1. Watering your garden

    • 4.2. Liquid feeding in the garden

    • 4.3. Composting

    • 4.4. How to set up a worm farm

    • Quiz: Keeping your garden growing

  • 6

    Module 5: PROBLEM SOLVING

    • Is it really a problem?

    • 5.1. Crop Rotation

    • 5.2. Natural pest control

    • 5.3. Aphids

    • 5.4. Birds

    • 5.5. Caterpillars

    • 5.6. Fruit Fly

    • 5.7. Leaf spot

    • 5.8. Powdery mildew

    • 5.9. Snails & slugs

  • 7

    Module 6: GROWING & HARVESTING

    • The harvest "high"

    • 6.1. Corn

    • 6.2. Leaf & stem crops

    • 6.3. Potatoes & other root crops

    • 6.4. Pumpkin

    • 6.5. Zucchini

  • 8

    Next steps

    • Congrats! Here's what's next...

    • More resources for you

    • Before you go...

  • 9

    Appendix: Factsheets

    • Fact sheets for you to download

    • Print your Garden Journal

    • Your BONUS Growing Guides for 30 different veggies

About your trainer


Known as The Veggie Lady (www.theveggielady.com), Toni Salter has a passion to see organic gardening principles adopted by everyone, encouraging people to grow organic produce everywhere, whether it’s in their backyard, hospital rehabilitation, aged care facility or day centre for people with disabilities or mental health conditions. 

Toni is a qualified Horticulturist and Recreation Activity Officer and has been teaching popular community education classes on organic gardening through local councils for the last 20 years. She runs therapeutic gardening programs, developing sensory gardens through community health services and provided training on social and therapeutic gardening for staff, carers and volunteers. Toni is also a regular guest on local ABC Radio Sydney gardening show with Simon Marnie.