Organic Gardening

Organic Gardening Course; Permaculture, homesteading & sustainable living

Organic Gardening

  • Course length: 4 weeks

  • Next start dates: 2nd May 2015 & 6th June 2015

  • Course price: £120 (Approx. US$192)

Over the 4 week course I will be presenting a series of lectures that will help you understand both the Big Issues – in other words – the philosophy behind organic gardening, and the Practicalities – in other words – how to do it. I will guide you through the steps you can take to adopt a chemical-free, sustainable and benevolent way of caring for the organic garden that will be good for your health and that of the environment – while keeping the organic garden looking great.

This course is for those of you who really care about the bigger picture. You don’t just want to grow a few veg; but want to change your lifestyle, care for our planet, and truly understand the philosophy and history behind the organic garden and sustainable living.  Stephanie Donaldson (Gardens Editor for Country Living Magazine, as well as having written many books on organic gardening) will take you through the true meaning of organic gardening, and on a fascinating history tour to help you understand  organic gardening, sustainable living, permaculture, shedding insight on how industrial agriculture has impacted on how we can practice sustainable living in the organic garden today. 

What is organic gardening?

Organic gardening is the science and art of gardening by incorporating the entire landscape design and environment to improve and maximize the garden soil’s health, structure, texture, as well as maximize the production and health of developing plants without using synthethic commercial fertilizers, pesticides, or fungicides.”

What is permaculture?

According to the Permaculture Association – Permaculture works with nature to make a better world for all. By observing the natural world we can see a set of principles at work. Permaculture design uses these principles to develop integrated systems that provide for our needs of food, shelter, energy and community in ways that are healthy and efficient.  We can use permaculture design methods to improve the quality and productivity of our individual lives, our society and our environment.  The Permaculture Association is the national charity that supports people to learn about and use permaculture.


Please see below a taster video for this course:

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MyGardenSchool extends our special thanks to our MyGardenSchool Flickr Group member Jo Zimny for the use of her gardening photograph to represent this organic gardening course.  Please click here for more of Jo’s photography

Course Content

Week 1: The Philosophy of Organic Gardening

Week 2: The Basic Techniques of Organic Gardening

Week 3: Pest & Disease Control in the Organic Garden

Week 4: The Virtuous Circle

Online Course Benefits

  • Weekly 1-2-1 tuition and feedback from, and access to, some of the best tutors in the world.
  • Weekly video tutorials, allowing you to revisit lectures again and again.
  • Weekly assignments which are critiqued by your expert tutor - most students find this feedback one of the most valuable aspects of the course
  • Magazine style downloadable transcript (your own four part ebook of the course)
  • All this is done within 'MyClassRoom' - your own virtual, community based global classroom
  • Vibrant social network communities
  • At the end of your course, if you successfully complete your course, you will receive a certificate of completion and an online badge (available to download from your classroom)

To understand more about how it all works, go to the 'How it Works' section!


An interest in how you can make a difference through organic gardening and becoming greener. This course is for those of you who really care about the bigger picture.  You don't just want to grow a few veg; you want to change your lifestyle, care for our planet, and truly understand the philosophy and history behind the organic garden.  

Booking a Place

MyGardenSchool Gardening Courses Start on the First Saturday of Every Month.  You can book your course up to two months in advance:Your tutor will make their video lectures available to you each Saturday morning for four weeks, and will support you throughout the course. Book now to secure a place!

Organic Gardening, Permactulture and Sustainable Living

This course is all about organic gardening, the organic garden, permaculture, sustainable living, homesteading, eating from the garden - from plot to pot.  If you're into organic gardening - Stephanie Donaldson is probably one of the most accomplished authors on sustainable living in the world to learn from.