Centre for Continuing Education

Organic Gardening Course

Horticulture and gardening. Open to everyone.

COVID-19 update: arrangement of our courses

We are now delivering courses online and in-person. Please check the delivery format of each class before enrolling.

Please note that course materials (excluding prescribed texts) are shared electronically within 48 hours of course commencement. Printing is not available.

It’s easy to have an organic garden. Take some time out to taste the superior flavour and goodness of organically-grown produce.

Whether you have the tiniest balcony or a quarter acre block, learn how to grow your own organic herbs, vegetables and fruit trees; perfect the art of composting and worm farming and explore other methods of recycling. Find out about crop rotation and companion planting. Learn how to reduce the incidence of weeds and eliminate the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • identify and remediate different soil types and select suitable potting mixes
  • recognise the various methods of recycling, including composting, worm farm, bokashi bucket and compost cannon
  • cultivate herbs and vegetables successfully
  • implement the principles of crop rotation and companion planting
  • apply organic methods to control pests and diseases
  • investigate the benefits of growing organic foods for human health and the environment.


This course covers the following topics:

  • Soil types and potting mix
  • Composting, worm farming, compost cannon etc.
  • Herbs – culinary and medicinal
  • Vegetables – top 10
  • Fruit trees suitable for the Sydney climate
  • Crop rotation
  • Companion planting
  • Disease and pest control
  • Organic fertilisers/pesticides
  • Origins of organics
  • Chemicals

Intended audience

Suitable for anyone interested in adopting organic principles to grow their own food, to achieve a healthy lifestyle and environment.

Delivery style

Delivered in an interactive classroom setting where organic principles are demonstrated and discussed, and examples of herb and vegetable varieties suitable for suburban gardens are presented.


Course notes are provided electronically.


  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Course materials – yours to keep
  • CCE Statement of Completion

What others say.

  • My first experience at CCE. Found reasonable parking without too much difficulty. Course content was exceptional and the tutor was amazingly knowledgeable. Thoroughly enjoyed the session, will do more next year.

  • These courses are a delight. We all walked away with great big smiles, a fistful of notes and a new appreciation of all things nature. Please schedule more for 2018!

Organic Gardening Course

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What others say.

  • I found this gardening workshop was really helpful. The content was great and I learned a lot. Thank you to the presenter for being an excellent tutor and making it a great course!
  • This organic gardening course has an excellent presenter - very informative and kept us interested and entertained for the whole day. I left with much more knowledge than I arrived with and am keen to do more courses. Extremely worthwhile.
  • Phenomenal insight and knowledge. A great learning experience.
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