Online Course Library

Welcome to the complete organic fruit growing resource centre! 

On this page you'll find our collection of more than 50 learning modules and our range of e-books to support your rapid journey to becoming a confident fruit grower! You can also access our free resources by clicking on "Free stuff" in the Module categories box.

The modules are bite-size learning chunks that are easy, fun and detailed. You can dip in and out at your own pace, and learn about any fruit growing topic—from soil nutrition and management, right through to harvest and eating. We’ll turn your enthusiasm and excellent gardening efforts into reliable results in no time.

The modules comprise between 6 and 20 units. No matter how you prefer to learn—reading, doing, listening—you'll find articles, audios, worksheets, videos and interactive hands-on activities to suit you. When you select and buy a module, you'll get instant access to all the units in that module.

Altogether, the modules make up the complete Grow Great Fruit system (if you want them all, check out the Grow Great Fruit Home-Study Program, which gives you access to all resources as well as one-on-one help from us).

So, to get started, you can browse all the learning modules here, or refine your search by selecting Module categories (topics) to help you find what you need.

Any queries, please get in touch here.

Happy growing. Hugh and Katie :)

 

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Become a bee champion for excellent pollination

Two things are needed to get great fruit crops—the right pollinisers, and enough bees. Learn how to ensure abundant harvests by creating a bee-friendly garden and understanding pollination.

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$14.00 incl. GST

Organic citrus growing tips from professional growers

A lemon tree is one of the most loved backyard fruit trees, and one of the most useful trees you can grow. Learn how to look after all your citrus trees with this informative masterclass, and then make the most of your harvest with the bonus recipes.

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$19.00 incl. GST

Everything you need to know about growing organic apples

Imagine never having to buy apples again! With just a few healthy and productive apple trees in your garden, it's easy to grow a year's supply for your family.

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$24.00 incl. GST

Smart irrigation for fruit trees

Grow amazing fruit with a sensible amount of water. Sound good? Then throw the "rules" out the window and get back to basics: learn how to adjust water needs for different aged trees, understand how weather affects water use, and set up an easy watering system.

Save water, save money and save yourself some work!

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$19.00 incl. GST

Unlock the secret world beneath your feet

Understand the amazing world of soil microbes that are key to the Natural Fertility System, and how to make your soil a welcoming home to the healthy ones (and not the nasties).

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$19.00 incl. GST

Protect your fruit with safe and effective organic spraying

Organics is all about not using sprays or chemicals, right? That's true, but there are also some sprays that are allowable, and perfectly safe and effective when used properly, which can save your precious fruit from a range of pests and diseases.

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$19.00 incl. GST

Make your own "black gold"

Learn how to make your own high quality, reliable compost—every time! Turn garden waste, food scraps, animal waste and even newspaper and cardboard into nutritious compost full of organic matter, nutrients and healthy soil microbes.

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$19.00 incl. GST

Build soil fertility with green manure

Master the organic fertility technique of planting green manure crops to improve soil nutrition, crowd out weeds, and heal the soil of diseases.

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$14.00 incl. GST

Save money with home grown and hand made

Fresh fruit is healthy and full of vitamins, especially if you've grown it yourself, using organic methods.

Learn how to preserve and store fruit to eat over winter without losing all those wonderful life-giving nutrients.

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$19.00 incl. GST

Get on the inside track to quick success with fruit trees!

Free weekly webinar with experienced organic fruit growers Hugh & Katie Finlay.

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$0.00 incl. GST

Maximise fruit awesomeness by harvesting right

You've got ripe fruit on your tree...now learn the all-important (but tricky) skill of choosing the perfect time to pick it. Back it up with great technique and proper storage and you'll make the most of your precious fruit.

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$19.00 incl. GST

Animal helpers for fruit trees

If you love animals, this course is for you. Discover how your pets or farm animals can enjoy life more while helping you with the fruit trees.

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$9.00 incl. GST

The key spring activity with four major benefits. 

Manage your crop load by fruit thinning like a pro. Use this easy tool to get a reliable crop every year (and solve a host of other problems to boot). Your trees, your fruit and your future crops will thank you. Fruit thinning is winning!

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$19.00 incl. GST

Give the gift of knowledge

Do you know someone who could benefit from an online course? Experience the warm inner glow of setting someone on the path to fruit self-sufficiency.

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$10.00$250.00

Powerhouse workers in your garden

Harness the power of worms to rapidly turn your waste into nutrient-rich soil.

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$19.00 incl. GST

Grafting your own trees is fun and easy!

Grafting fruit trees is one of those exciting skills that will turn you into a truly self-sufficient gardener. The feeling of being able to create something from nothing by grafting onto rootstocks or existing trees is incredible!

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$14.00 incl. GST

Manage pests and diseases the organic way

You want to feed your family home-grown organic fruit with no chemicals, right? You need these simple strategies for keeping your trees healthy and preventing pest and disease outbreaks. No matter how big or small your orchard or garden, they work!

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$19.00 incl. GST

Never need to buy a fruit tree from a nursery again

Learn the ancient skill of growing your own fruit trees from seed or cutting, and how to preserve heritage varieties. You'll feel incredibly empowered when you master this forgotten art and become self-sufficient for fruit trees.

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$19.00 incl. GST

Summer pruning explained

Pruning is really important, and really hard—or is it? Everything will fall into place when you understand the difference between summer and winter pruning, and know how to successfully summer prune the right fruit trees.

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$19.00 incl. GST

Capture the nutrition from garden waste

Close the nutrition loop in your backyard and save on fertilisers by safely recycling garden waste.

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$14.00 incl. GST

Start here for soil basics

Growing amazing organic food starts and ends with the soil. Understand what soil is and whether yours is healthy, and learn simple, practical skills to support the fruit trees and other plants in your garden.

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$14.00 incl. GST

Identify and prevent diseases that damage fruit trees

Fruit tree diseases are common but often misunderstood, ignored or mistreated—usually because of a simple lack of knowledge. Learn how to identify, prevent and treat common diseases, a basic fruit growing skill that will put you ahead of the pack.

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$19.00 incl. GST

Harness the positive power of weeds in your soil

Become a climate change warrior in your own backyard by working with the amazing weeds under your fruit trees, rather than wasting your time and money in the endless fight against them.

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$19.00 incl. GST

Free water: how to store rainfall in your soil!

As gardeners, water is one of our most precious resources, and for some of us, an increasingly scarce one. These clever and simple techniques will help you go beyond merely good design to masterful eco-planning.

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$14.00 incl. GST

Feed your trees an organic diet

Apply knowledge about soil basics to your annual fruit tree nutrition planning, within your budget.

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$19.00 incl. GST

Set your young trees on the path for a long healthy life

The period after planting a new fruit tree is key to its long-term success. Protect your investment of time, money and space in your garden by following some simple checklists and tasks to make sure your young trees have everything they need.

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$19.00 incl. GST

Become the local organic peach and nectarine growing and cooking expert!

Ok, who has a special peach or nectarine memory? These versatile fruits are a popular garden tree for very good reason—with the right care (at the right time) they'll provide abundant crops of delicious fruit year after year.

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$19.00 incl. GST

Use the permaculture system for better living

Do you yearn for a simpler, more abundant life? A life where you provide more of your own food and produce less waste? Permaculture provides practical, "do-able" solutions for living lighter on the earth, using a design process that works with nature. Whether you're growing food on a balcony or a farm, permaculture will help you create the lifestyle you long for.

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$29.00 incl. GST

Strategies to stop pests from damaging your fruit

Pests that eat fruit are a fruitgrower's nightmare! You've put a lot of love and energy into growing perfect fruit, now it's absolutely vital to learn simple strategies in place to make sure YOU get to eat it, and not the pests!

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$19.00 incl. GST

Enjoy confident pruning in simple steps

There's no such thing as "right" or "wrong" when it comes to pruning, just cuts and consequences. This short course makes pruning feel simple by teaching you the pruning principles, which trees to prune in winter (and how to do it), and how to plan your pruning for the year.

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$19.00 incl. GST

A guide to pruning deciduous fruit trees 

The ebook starts with the parts of a fruit tree, basic aims of pruning, and the 10 Key Pruning Principles. We talk you through deciding what shape you want your tree to be, and give clear, concise instructions about how to care for your tree as it grows. There's also details on what to do with monster trees (the ones that got away!) and includes a wide variety of training systems.

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$49.95 incl. GST

Prune young trees for success

Pruning young trees into the right shape when you plant them is super important, as it sets the tree up correctly for the rest of its life.

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$14.00 incl. GST

Prepare for fruition with good planning and planting

It's important to set your fruit trees up for success. Luckily it's also easy, when you know what to do! Learn how to choose the right site and the right trees, get your soil ready, and plant properly to give your trees the head start they deserve.

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$14.00 incl. GST

Supercharge your soil

Become a skilled soil builder with this little-known but valuable technique for rapidly building soil fertility.

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$19.00 incl. GST

How to grow fruit in a drought!

Growing fruit in dry conditions is hard—but not impossible. Producing your own food is even more important in a drought, so you'll love learning how to use every precious drop to keep your fruit trees alive and fruitful.

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$19.00 incl. GST

Efficient Fruit Tree Irrigation

In this ebook we demystify watering, giving you the information needed to not only monitor your watering, but also set up a system that works, is efficient, makes the most of our most precious resource, and gives the best chance of getting a good return.

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$24.95 incl. GST

Rethinking weeds as edible and medicinal herbs

Enjoy the many benefits of nature's bounty provided in your backyard. Tap into the wisdom of the past to learn how the plants you think of as weeds can actually be used as an abundant free source of nutritious food and home remedies. And they're good for your soil!

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$19.00 incl. GST

Free weekly fruit tips newsletter

Stay up to date with what you need to be doing each week to ensure a bumper harvest

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$0.00

Common Insect Pests of Deciduous Fruit Trees

This handy ebook features more than 15 common pests of deciduous fruit trees including a description of each pest (with photos), the type of damage it does, its life cycle, what to look for, and a range of strategies for prevention, control and treatment.

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$39.95 incl. GST

Common Diseases of Deciduous Fruit Trees

This handy ebook will help you identify and treat more than 25 common diseases and conditions of deciduous fruit trees, including strategies for avoiding all the common diseases like Brown rot, Black spot (Apple scab) and Blossom blight. Colour photos will help you identify your fruit tree problems

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$39.95 incl. GST