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Welcome to Grow Great Fruit online courses.
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Everything you need to know about growing and eating organic apricots
Imagine that summer taste explosion of sweet, ripe apricots, straight from the tree. There’s nothing quite as special as a beautiful and productive apricot tree in the garden, and even one tree can supply enough fruit for your family to eat fresh and preserve.
Apple Fermentation Masterclass
Get the theory and practice of turning a glut of apples into a range of drinks that can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.
Do you grow or forage apples? Would you love to learn some new ways of converting your harvest into a range of delicious—and health giving—products?
In this 1.5-hour Masterclass, guest expert Paul “Speedy” Ward shows you how to turn your apple crop into juice, cider, apple cider vinegar, and shrub.
He explains easy-to-use techniques that don’t need loads of expensive equipment, because this Masterclass aims to return the lost art of cider and vinegar making to the home-grower, where it belongs.
Apple growing answers, from pruning to pests
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.
The Bee Bundle includes everything you need to understand how to create a beautiful, biodiverse garden that will naturally attract bees and other pollinators.
Attracting bees to your garden will help to pollinate your fruit trees and grow better crops. But growing a mixture of flowering plants also helps you and your garden in other ways. The resources in the Bee Bundle will help you to:
- attract beneficial predator insects that help to keep pests under control;
- improve diversity in your diet by growing edible flowering plants under your fruit trees;
- understand the amazing connections between fruit trees and the plants, soil, and microbes that grow beneath them;
- choose flowering plants that are best suited to your climate;
- add to your fruit tree collection to ensure every tree has the right polliniser “buddy”.
Do you want to make your garden as bee-friendly as possible?
This planting guide for European honeybees and Australian native pollinators by Mark Leech is invaluable. It’s a well-researched guide to the appropriate species to plant your climate is cool, temperate, humid, or arid.
This guide is chock-full of advice for creating bee-friendly gardens, urban areas, streetscapes, and rural settings. It includes a wide range of herbs, shrubs, and trees, both edible and non-edible.
Bees and Pollination
Learn when you need two trees for pollination, and how to attract bees for abundant harvests
Two things are needed to get great fruit crops—the right pollinisers (trees that need to be planted together to get a crop), and enough bees. Learn how to ensure abundant harvests by creating a bee-friendly garden and understanding pollination.
Better Fruit with Wise Organic Spraying
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.
Biochar Making and Correcting Compost (on-farm workshop)
PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE
Sunday, October 29, 10 am – 12.30 pm
Build a Worm Farm and Harness the Power of the Worm
Powerhouse workers in your garden
Worms are amazing at creating rich nutrition for your fruit trees. Earthworms (in the soil) and compost worms (in your compost farm) play different – but equally important – roles in helping you grow nutrient-rich fruit. This course will show you how to harness the power of worms to rapidly turn your waste into nutrient-rich soil.
Build Soil Fertility With Green Manures
Develop your “green thumb” and use plants to heal the soil
Master the organic fertility technique of planting green manure crops to improve soil nutrition, crowd out weeds, and heal the soil of diseases.
Bumper Summer Bundle
Finish summer on a high with this collection of fun and productive short courses. Learn how to do bud grafting with the summer grafting course, recently updated with an in-depth, step-by-step guide to the useful “Chip Budding” technique, complete with photos and video. Get a handle on summer pruning, and understand how to get the most from your harvest by picking every piece of fruit like a pro. Round off your summer activities by giving your young trees the best possible care, and learning how to add a delicious splash of colour to your garden by planting edible flowers.
Get the juice on growing and preserving organic cherries
Cherries are tiny taste bombs! They are one of the most health-giving fruits to grow, not to mention the most delicious! Find out how easy it is to care for your cherry trees, and how to fill your pantry with delicious cherry treats.
Choose the Right Spray Gear
You need the right equipment for safe, efficient and effective spraying
Demystify this essential part of your fruit growing kit by discovering whether you need a 5-litre sprayer or a 50-litre sprayer, or something much bigger (or smaller).
Compost That Works
Make your own “black gold” and capture the nutrition from garden waste
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. Close the “nutrition loop” in your backyard and save on fertilisers at the same time!
Conquer Codling Moth
A system for the organic control of codling moth
With the right tools and knowledge, you’ll soon learn how to keep this nasty pest under control and out of your precious apple crop—without using toxic sprays!
Drainage, Flooding & Fruit Trees
Build resilience with good drainage and a flood recovery plan
In an increasingly changeable world, extreme rain events (and even floods) are more likely, and fruit trees can easily die if their roots become too wet. Prevent the tragedy of drowned trees with good drainage and a flood strategy.
These high quality e-books give you the “deep dive” into each individual topic that you’d expect from a reference guide written by professional growers. Filled with hundreds of high-res photos, your fruit tree library is now fully stocked!
Fabulous Fruit Preserving
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.
Five Key Steps to Growing Great Fruit – FREE webinar!
Finally! — a webinar that will show you how to quickly get the confidence you need to look after your fruit trees.
In little more than an hour you’ll understand:
- How to build healthy soil (and why it’s SO important)
- How to make sure your trees have the right amount of water
- How to make pruning simple (YES, really)
- The key to organic pest and disease control (without using chemicals)
- How to grow a year’s supply of fruit and save hundreds of dollars
This is the best time you will EVER invest in growing your own food!
Fruit Tree Care for Animal Lovers
Animal helpers for fruit trees
If you love animals and love growing your own fruit, this course is for you. Discover how your pets or farm animals can enjoy life more while helping you with the fruit trees.
Fruit Tree Thinning
The one key spring activity for your fruit tree that has 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!
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.
Grafting & Growing Fruit Trees (on-farm workshop)
Sunday, September 24, 1.30 pm – 4.30 pm
Spring is grafting time, and because we want EVERYONE to learn how to grow their own fruit trees for free, we’ve bundled together all of our grafting short courses.
Growing your own trees is easier than you think – these are skills that anyone who can hold a knife can learn.
The bundle includes all 5 courses:
– Grow Your Own Fruit Trees for Free
– Whip-tongue grafting
– Cleft grafting
– Bark grafting
– Bud grafting
Learn the ancient art of grafting, and you’ll never have to buy another fruit tree!
Grafting Technique #1: Whip-Tongue Grafting
Grafting survival skills
Whip tongue grafting is “Grafting 101”. It’s the place to start because the specific cutting technique you’ll learn is also used in other grafting methods.
Grafting Technique #2: Cleft Grafting
Master cleft grafting
Cleft grafting is a simple and effective technique that comes into its own when there’s a mismatch between the size of the grafting wood and the tree you’re grafting onto.
Grafting Technique #3: Bark Grafting
Bark graft mastery
Bark grafting is the technique of choice for old and large trees. When you get the basics right, it has one of the highest success rates of any grafting technique.
Grafting Technique #4: Summer Grafting (Budding)
Enjoy new grafting skills
“Budding” is the only grafting technique done in summer, and is a cheap and easy way to get the most out of the fruit trees you already have in your garden. You’ll quickly increase the amount of fruit you grow without having to buy a new tree.
Grow a Year’s Supply of Fruit
Avoid gluts and spread your harvest by growing the right varieties
Imagine not having to buy fruit—ever! Think of the money you’ll save, and the comfort of being able to eat free, nutritious, home-grown fruit all year, not just during summer.
Plus, you’ll dramatically reduce your food miles and help to save the planet. Learn how to plan for fruit self-sufficiency in your own backyard.
Grow Great Fruit Program
Finally, the fruit tree course you’ve been waiting for…
You’ve got fruit trees, but you’re not quite sure how to look after them, right? Or you’re tired of growing fruit that’s spotty or gets eaten by pests.
Are your trees unhappy, unhealthy, or don’t grow properly? Are you worried that you’re pruning wrong, or just sick of endlessly looking for reliable information you can trust?
We hear you!
The Grow Great Fruit program is a step-by-step system that will show you in just one year how to get a lifetime supply of fruit from your garden.
Learn how to keep your fruit trees happy and healthy, year-in, year-out.
You’ll never feel overwhelmed; the course rolls out gently through the year, and we’re there every step of the way to help you.
Choose the exact level of support you need, with monthly or annual membership options to fit your budget.
Grow Great Fruit Without Chemicals
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!
Grow Your Own Fruit Trees for Free
Never buy a fruit tree from a nursery again
Learn the ancient skills of growing your own fruit trees from seed or cutting, and then grafting your own trees—useful and fun techniques that will turn you into a truly self-sufficient gardener able to preserve heritage varieties and create something from nothing. You’ll feel incredibly empowered when you master this forgotten art and become self-sufficient for fruit trees.
Growing a Small Farm Business MasterclassAre you dreaming of running your own small farm business, but haven’t yet figured out how to answer the eternal question:“How can I make enough money to support myself and my family, while following my farming passion?”Then look no further – this is the masterclass for you!
Growing Fruit Trees in Pots
This comprehensive e-book covers everything you need to know to grow fruit trees in containers successfully. It will gently guide you along the pathway to success starting with choosing the right tree, through to filling your pots with the right stuff.
You’ll learn how to keep your tree healthy and protect it from a range of pests and disease, as well as a step-by-step guide to potting (and re-potting) your tree.
Guide to Edible Flowering Plants
Growing a mixture of flowers under your fruit trees, in your vegetable patch or in fact anywhere in your garden can help you have healthy soil, healthy trees, happy bees—and even a healthy gut, particularly if you include edible flowers in the mix.
This guide includes more than 100 edible flowering plants that grow well with fruit trees; most (but not all) are suitable as understorey plants. It forms the perfect companion to The Under Story Masterclass presented by Dr Christine Jones.
Home Orchard Design
Plan where to put your fruit trees for long term success by understanding your climate, weather, soil and garden.
With good planning and design, you can have fresh deciduous fruit from late spring to early winter in a temperate climate, if your fruit trees are in the right place with the right protection.
How to Grow Citrus Masterclass
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.
How to Grow Fruit in a Drought
Use earth’s precious resources wisely to grow food in dry climates
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.
How to Grow Subtropical Fruits Masterclass
Are you fascinated by subtropical fruit?
Would you love to add some of these exotic, delicious, interesting plants to your garden, but you’re not quite sure how to start?
In this 1.5 hour online Masterclass, guest presenters Paul Daley and Andre Madeira cover all the basics of creating the right environment for subtropical plants – even if you don’t live in the subtropics!
Drawing on an understanding of original food forest cultures, Paul and Andre explain the principles and practices of establishing a custom-designed food forest that suits your lifestyle goals. They take you through the steps required to create a thriving backyard food forest, and show you how to scale it to suit your situation, whether you want a single food forest guild based on just one fruit tree, or are aiming for a full-scale food forest.
How to Look After Fruit Trees in the First 3 Years
Nurture young fruit trees
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, and put your young trees on the path for a long healthy life with these simple checklists and tasks.
Improve the Health of Your Garden
Capture the nutrition from garden waste
Close the nutrition loop in your backyard and save on fertilisers by safely recycling garden waste.
Introduction to Permaculture Masterclass
Have you heard of permaculture, and want to learn more about it?
Many people think permaculture is just about learning to grow food sustainably by working with nature and natural patterns. But permaculture offers so much more.
It can also help you radically redesign your life to be more resilient, sustainable, and enjoyable.
Is My Soil Healthy?
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.
Keep Your Fruit Trees Free from Disease
Recognise 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.
Learn to Diagnose Your Fruit Trees
Read what your trees are telling you about disease, nutrition and the seasons
Tune into nature and learn to read what your fruit trees are telling you.
This free but underutilised technique of learning what to look for (and when) will give you the “heads up” about key ways to care for your fruit trees in every season before the problems happen.
Learn to Love Your Weeds
Harness the positive power of weeds in your soil
Save time and money and improve the health of your soil by embracing the positive power of weeds, instead of constantly fighting a losing battle against them.
Make the Most of Rainfall
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.
Binge on world-class food-growing knowledge with this ‘box set’ of Masterclasses. Expert presenters share their knowledge on a range of topics that will support your fruit growing.
Natural Fertility for Fruit Trees
Feed your trees an organic diet
Apply knowledge about basic soil health to plan how to feed your fruit trees through the year, without breaking your budget or spending unnecessary money.
Organic Citrus Manual – FREE!
A professional manual for organic citrus growers, by David Madge
Citrus are one of the most common and loved backyard fruit trees, but can also be some of the most problematic. We tracked down this incredible free resource, which draws on the knowledge of experienced organic citrus growers from around Australia, to answer your in-depth citrus questions.
© 2009 Rural Industries and Research Development Corporation
Organic Pest and Disease Control (on-farm workshop)
Sunday September 24, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm
How to care for your peach trees from pruning through to harvest
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.
Permaculture in Action
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.
Pest & Disease Bundle
If you’re passionate about protecting your fruit from pests and diseases the organic way, this is the bundle for you! Including 7 short courses, an expert masterclass and two comprehensive e-textbooks, you’ll have access to all the information you need.
Picking Fruit the Right Way
Timing, technique and storage tricks to harvest perfect fruit to be proud of
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.
Plant New Fruit Trees the Right Way
Choose the right trees, prepare the site and plant properly
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.
Plump Pears and Quirky Quinces
Growing tips and recipes for organic pears and quinces
Longing for fresh fruit that will grow in autumn or winter? Do you want fruit that’s easy to grow with minimal input? Pears and quinces ripen late, store well, are hardy, and preserve marvelously; they deserve to be included in every serious food-grower’s garden!
Everything you need to know about growing organic plums
Plum trees just about grow themselves—of all the fruit, they are the ones that need the least specialised care. Which may be why they’re so often ignored or underestimated!
Properly valued, plums are a practical and easy addition to your garden, and can add huge variety and colour to your dining table.
Protect Fruit Trees from Pesky Pests
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!
Protect Your Crop From Birds
Strategies to keep birds and other flying pests away from your fruit
Our fruit trees are part of the natural environment, but that doesn’t mean they have to feed all the neighbourhood birds!
Discover the right systems and techniques to keep your fruit safe from different types of birds.
Pruning by Numbers (ebook)
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.
Pruning Mature Fruit Trees
Enjoy confident pruning in simple steps for success and self-reliance
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.
Pruning Young Fruit Trees
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.
Queensland Fruit Fly Masterclass
A masterclass presentation by Andrew Jessup
Is your fruit being damaged by Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF)? Are you completely confused about traps, sprays and nets? Are you sick of losing your crops to this destructive pest, or afraid of the threat of fruit fly in your area?
In this 1.5 hour online Masterclass, guest expert Andrew Jessup will teach you everything you wanted to know (and a few things you’d probably rather not know) about QFF.
By the end of the class you’ll be armed with a toolbox of simple and effective strategies to protect your fruit and vegetables.
Queensland Fruit Fly Resource Pack – FREE!
The tools you need to protect your crops from the dreaded Queensland fruit fly
Queensland fruit fly can be incredibly destructive to fruit and vegetable crops, and demoralising to growers. But it can be beaten! This free resource pack will give you a complete “tool box” of tricks to beat this pesky and persistent pest.
Smart Irrigation for Fruit Trees
Be a wise water warrior
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!
Soil Biology and the Soil Food Web
Become an earth lover by unlocking the secret world of microbes 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 healthy microbes (and not the nasties).
Summer Pruning Explained
Imagine … easy pruning techniques for cherry and apricot trees
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.
The ‘Under Story’ Masterclass
Imagine fields of flowers under your fruit trees … what a beautiful addition to your garden. But did you know that flowering plants can also help you have a healthy gut, healthy soil, healthy trees and happy bees?
In this 2 hour Masterclass, guest expert Dr Christine Jones explains the truly amazing connections between fruit trees and the plants, soil and microbes beneath them— and your gut health.
Despite minor technical issues (for example the sound is a bit ropey for the first few minutes), Christine delivered a wonderful presentation that warrants repeated viewing. Highly recommended!
The Art of Compost Tea
Supercharge your soil
Become a skilled soil builder with this little-known but valuable technique for rapidly building soil fertility.