Achieve Food Self-Sufficiency, Build Soil Fertility and Grow an Abundance of Nutrient Dense Food Year-Round
Learn the essentials of organic, no-till vegetable gardening with a special focus on composting, succession planting and winter gardening
– A Self-Paced Online Gardening Course with Personal Q&A Support –
Our 2022 gardening course is intended for both beginner and advanced home gardeners looking to gain food self-sufficiency either in your yard or through container growing.
The Natural Way
We believe that the time proven systems in nature are the best way to grow plants. Our gardening principles teach our students to work with nature to maximize success in the garden. We teach you how to nurture soil organisms so that they in turn can feed the garden plants. We know that by fostering a bio-diverse community of plants, fungi, bacteria, and animals in the garden, we are, in a small way, reversing the effects of a changing climate and suffering ecosystems.
This course is created with home gardeners in mind but also includes content that is relevant to market gardeners and for people who want to learn more about regenerative agriculture.
A Community of Learners
We believe that learning in a community setting is conducive to creating deeper and more enduring understandings of the course content. That is why we have created a forum where our family of learners can gather to reflect on the different aspects of the course. The forum allows course participants to share photos of their gardens, reach out for advice and encouragement, and be a source of inspiration to fellow gardens. Gardeners love to share, and this forum is a great way to do that. In addition, we also provide regular Q&A Zoom meetings to give a face to face experience and provide the opportunity to have your questions answered.
Our lessons are captured on video and delivered to you. They are deliberately unscripted to give our course participants as realistic an experience as possible. Most of the footage is outdoors in real gardens so that the principles can be shown as they are discussed. This is the closest thing to in-person learning.
Our 2022 course content is spread across four modules. An unlinked copy of the video table of contents from our members’ area is appended below. Click/tap each module heading to see the expanded video list:
1. Cover the ground with organic matter (18:56)
1.1 Vignette: practical demonstration on covering the ground with organic matter (4:53)
1.2 Vignette: planting after covering the ground with decaying plant material (9:55)
2. Cover the ground with living plants (forthcoming)
3. Intro to composting (22:43)
3.1 Thermophilic composting (26:26)
3.1.1 Vignette: compost hotbed (7:44)
3.2 Vermicomposting (32:41)
3.2.1 Vignette: how to build living soil for seed starts using vermicompost (4:36)
3.3 Bokashi (anaerobic) composting (12:54)
3.3.1 Vignette: adding finished bokashi to hot compost (7:10)
3.3.2 Vignette: how to make Bokashi inoculant, part 1/2 (8:39)
3.3.3 Vignette: how to make Bokashi inoculant, part 2/2 (6:12)
3.3.4 Vignette: refreshing a living soil container with bokashi (12:05)
1. Designing for convenience (26:17)
2. Designing for success (19:11)
3. Designing for lifestyle (11:26)
4. Designing for beauty (27:20)
Introduction to Module C (4:57)
1. Succession planting (17:21)
1.1 Vignette: using a compost hotbed for season extension (14:07)
1.2 Vignette: starting seeds indoors (6:32)
1.3 Vignette: caring for onion starts (3:05)
1.4 Vignette: DIY sub irrigation pot (3:19)
2. Creating a planting schedule (17:04)
2.1 Vignette: planning a schedule for Jack’s garden (43:24)
3. Record keeping (forthcoming)
4. Seed saving (forthcoming)
1. Pruning Tools (3:52)
2. Pruning Dwarf Gravenstein Apple Trees (18:10)
3. Winter Pruning Dwarf Pear Trees (7:44)
4. Winter Pruning Dwarf Cherry Trees (10:34)
5. Espalier Train Apple or Pear Trees (9:33)
6. Winter Pruning Nectarine & Peach Trees (20:09)
7. How to Prune Breba Fig Trees in a Cool Climate (8:18)
8. Growing Lemons and Limes in South Coastal BC, Canada (7:20)
Three experts will guide you through LHG’s 2022 course curriculum:
Your primary instructor is Dan, market gardener at Local Harvest.
Dan will help you gain confidence in the garden. He’s passionate about organic growing and gives a practical, no-nonsense approach for gardening that maximizes your garden’s productivity.
Andrew Couzens, a local composting expert at Terra Flora Soilworks, will supply expert guidance on soil health. He will go into detail on the best composting practices including Bokashi (anaerobic), thermophilic and vermicomposting so you can build phenomenal soil fertility, the foundation of great gardening.
Jack, an edible landscape designer and owner of Fruits and Shoots — a boutique garden nursery in Chilliwack, BC — will guide us along the way as we convert our growing space into a beautiful and productive garden.
Our intention is to take growers step-by-step through each season of an entire year. We will guide and support participants year-round by addressing individual questions through our members’ discussion forum, as well as through our regular Q&A webinars (March-October). Our hand-holding will include those who might be in other growing regions with different soil types.
Our aim is to equip gardeners so you can make good decisions in your own context and build confidence to stand on your own two feet for future growing seasons. The principles we share are applicable to all growing regions; they will work with nature and your indigenous biology.
100% Unconditional 8 Week / 56 Day Money Back Guarantee
We believe the value and personal support we are offering here goes well beyond any comparable course on the market. This said, if you are at all unsatisfied or feel that the content doesn’t suit your needs, simply contact us within 8 weeks of your purchase and we’ll gladly refund your membership fee with no questions asked. This guarantee provides peace of mind for both ourselves and you, and removes any risk whatsoever.
When you register, you’ll immediately gain access to members’ area which includes the 11 module videos released to date for the 2022 course (currently about 4 hrs of content), plus 18 video vignettes on a range of topics, with more added each month (over 3 hrs of content and growing).
As we are taking gardeners through each of the seasons in real-time, we will continue to record and release videos through the spring, summer and fall of 2022. We’re located in the Pacific Northwest, however the principles we outline are applicable to all growing zones; only the timing of the steps will differ.
I look forward to welcoming you into our community.
Gardening Community Facilitator
U.S. and International
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