Centre for Continuing Education

Organic Gardening Course

Horticulture & Gardening. Open to everyone.

Learn Horticulture & Gardening the smart way with Horticulture & Gardening courses at CCE, the University of Sydney.

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, companion planting and moon planting. Learn how to reduce the incidence of weeds and eliminate the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides.


Upon successful conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify and remediate different soil types and select suitable potting mixes.
  2. Recognise the various methods of recycling, including composting, worm farm, bokashi bucket and compost cannon.
  3. Cultivate herbs and vegetables successfully.
  4. Implement the principles of crop rotation, moon planting and companion planting.
  5. Apply organic and biological methods to control pests and diseases.
  6. Investigate the benefits of growing organic foods for both human health and the environment.


This course covers the following topics:

  • Introduction
  • Soil type/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
  • Moon planting
  • Biological pest control
  • Organic fertilisers/pesticides
  • Origins of organics
  • Genetic engineering
  • Chemicals/cancer
  • Review

Intended Audience

This course is suitable for those interested in adopting organic principles to grow their own food, to achieve a healthy lifestyle and environment.

Delivery Style

This course is delivered in an interactive classroom environment where organic principles are demonstrated and discussed, and examples of herb and vegetable varieties suitable for suburban gardens are presented.


Comprehensive notes will be provided in class.


  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Small class sizes
  • Free, expert advice
  • Student materials – yours to keep
  • 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.

  • An absolutely brilliant tutor. Extremely knowledgeable and so enthusiastic. Highly recommend this course to people of all levels of experience with gardening.
  • A friendly, well-organised class. Very informative, plenty of notes and even actual plant samples and cuttings, which were very helpful and allowed the students valuable time to look at each one. The tutor is very knowledegable, helpful, and has time and patience for each student to explain or answer any questions. Thank you!
  • Phenomenal insight and knowledge. A great learning experience.