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Organic Gardening

Course Outline

Discover what sort of soil you have and learn how to successfully grow your own organic herbs, fruit trees and vegetables in your garden or on your balcony. Explore companion planting, moon planting and crop rotation. Perfect the art of composting and worm farming and eradicate pests and diseases without using chemicals. Find out about genetic engineering and organic certification. Bring a soil sample for analysis. Comprehensive notes are provided and places are limited.

Subjects include:

• Soil types – analysis
• Potting mixes
• Composting, worm farms, bokashi, etc.
• Organic fertilizers
• Herbs – culinary and medicinal
• Vegetables
• Fruit trees
• Crop rotation
• Companion planting
• Moon planting
• Organic pest and disease control
• Origins of organics
• Genetic engineering

This will be an interactive classroom environment with plenty of time for all your questions to be answered.

Virtual Classroom

This course will be delivered using virtual classroom via Zoom in Term 2 due to the current COVID-19 situation. Zoom is easy to use video conferencing software with a simple set up. You will be able to see your trainer and classmates and interact as though you were in the same room, all from the comfort of your own home!

This is what you need to join a Zoom classroom:

  • Understanding the basics of using Zoom – see our free Zoom tutorial by clicking here.
  • Access to a computer, iPad/tablet or smartphone; and
  • A webcam* so that you can be seen by the trainer; and
  • A microphone* so that you can participate in the class and be heard by the trainer; and
  • A good Internet connection.

*If you have a laptop computer a webcam and microphone is usually built into the top of the screen frame. Smartphones and iPad/tablets also contain cameras and microphones.

Once you have watched our free tutorial and experimented with Zoom, if you still have questions, we are offering free Q & A Zoom sessions with one of our experienced trainers. See our Zoom page for available dates by clicking here.

About the Tutor

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 has also published articles in “Landscape Contractor and Manager”, “Better Homes and Gardens”, “Gardens and Outdoor Living” and “The Garden Gurus”. Passionate about plants, gardens and bees, she is a Member of the Australian Institute of Horticulture, a former Committee Member of the Sydney Executive Committee of Open Gardens Australia and a former member of the Speakers' Bureau of the Royal Botanic Gardens. Apart from conducting her garden design and horticultural consultancy business, “Gardens, Balconies and Beyond”, Judith is a tour leader for the David Jones Flower Show and judges garden competitions in Ryde, Camden, Campbelltown, Bayside and Randwick.

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

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Contact us

Narrabeen Annex: 1525 Pittwater Road,
North Narrabeen NSW 2101
Office Hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm, Mon to Fri

Brookvale Campus: Level 1, 14 William St, Brookvale NSW 2100
Office Hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm, Mon to Thur

Post: NBCC Reply Paid 1966, Dee Why NSW 2099

Phone: 02 9970 1000

Registered Training Organisation Code 90113