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Start-up vegie patch basics

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Start-up vegie patch basics: A free short gardening course for beginners.

Boost your confidence and get started growing food at home with your family.

Growing food should be part of everyday life because we need it to survive. For many of us, the obstacles in our day-to-day life sometimes make it impossible to get started and the thought of studying horticulture is enough to put anyone off. Short gardening courses are a perfect way to slowly build your knowledge.

Maybe you’ve not succeeded yet because:

  1. You’ve tried growing food before and didn’t quite pull it off.
  2. You didn’t know where to start or what you needed.
  3. You’ve found the information out there confusing.
  4. The idea of green thumbs isn’t really floating your boat.

 This short gardening course is your new BFF.

Designed to get you started with the basic knowledge you need to succeed. This short course is your first step into your food garden or the first page in your food garden book of knowledge. Take this course without spending a cent and see if a food garden is right for your family.

This course is ideal for:

A family food garden legacy

Growing food at home means you’ll have fresh, nutrient-dense food right at your fingertips. Teaching kids where real food comes from, and how easy it is to grow themselves, is a life lesson or skill that will shape their future. It’s a known fact that kids who grow vegetables are more inclined to eat them and we all want that right?

This life lesson is one that will keep giving for generations to come. It’s your legacy.

Let’s begin

What you’ll get from our free short gardening course is:

  • Appreciation of what a food garden can offer your family.
  • Confidence that you now know what you need to get started.
  • Valuable information that is easy to understand and action.
  • Clarity around why you might have failed last time.
  • Those first steps towards becoming an organic gardener.

Each day you’ll receive an email detailing your lesson delivery in a simple video tutorial with lesson notes and extras.

What’s included 

Home-grown goodness

The benefits of home-grown and the impact on your whole family

Does size really matter?

Growing in small spaces and maximising your output

Making the right plant choices

Understanding production and planting for your climate

Key essentials

What you need to know before you do anything or buy anything

Growing from seed or seedling

The pros and cons of seed raising and what you should do

Organic gardening

The principles of growing clean food for health & wellbeing

Course members 

“I highly recommend the online organic gardening workshops. It was easy to follow along with. I just plugged in my ear phones and could watch it while feeding my baby or once she had gone to sleep”.

Carmel Harris

Mum, group member, 2018 Organic Food Garden Workshop

“Family Garden Life gave me everything I needed to finally get my garden up and running. For the first time in years, I have a flourishing herb garden and am now in the process of revamping my veggie garden. And I have beautiful flowers growing in hanging baskets along the full length of my verandah for the first time ever. I could not have done it without Becky and her brilliant course. It gave me all the knowledge I needed, but in bite-sized pieces, so I could implement it without getting overwhelmed. Thanks, Rebecca Searles!!.”

Cindy Kennedy

Mother, business owner, Organic Food Garden 101 Program

“Highly recommend Family Garden Life’s Organic Food Garden course to get you started growing organically. It literally takes you from the ground up with practical and easy to apply information. As a visual learner with a memory like a sieve, the worksheets provided for each module are a great reference after you’ve completed them. The Facebook groups also provide a great ongoing source of support and information. Definitely, recommend giving this course a go!

Laura Creagh

Group member, Organic Food Garden 101 Program

“I’m so glad I came across Family Garden Life. The course that was offered came at exactly the right time. I wanted to create an organic garden with my two little ones but was totally clueless & didn’t want to waste money just ‘having a go’. I was able to understand what was needed to grow organic food for my family and how to do it in an easy step by step process without the overwhelm I had been feeling prior to finding Family Garden Life. I loved sharing some of the videos with my kids too and they got excited to help out in the garden. The support during the course was awesome and the community continues to be supportive whenever I have more questions! I often find myself sending friends to the Family Garden Life community knowing how much support they will get and how much they will learn.”

Nikki Veliz Merzliakov

Mum of 2, Organic Food Garden 101 Program

“Whether you are starting a vegie garden from scratch or hoping to improve an existing garden, the e-course is full of useful information. I love that you can do the modules at your own pace.”

Mary Ireland

Organic Food Garden 101 Program

“I recently did the free online organic gardening course through Family Garden Life and I highly recommend it to anyone who is thinking of starting their own veggie patch at home. It touches base on all the key elements needed and I can’t wait to put it all into practice. Thanks so much for offering it 😀”.

Courtney Foster

Group member, 2019 FREE Start-up Vegie Patch Basics

“The FGL-Our Food Garden page is amazing! A great, supportive community of like-minded gardeners. Rebecca’s Organic Food Garden Workshop was full of useful, no-nonsense tips and advice. The worksheets were easy to follow and helped me refocus some gardening goals and essential “to-do’s”.

Catherine Nichols

Group member, 2018 Organic Food Garden Workshop

“I highly recommend the Family Garden Life online course. It’s an excellent guide for setting up your organic garden, filled with practical tips and solutions. My kids now love growing their own produce.”

Melanie Aslanidis

Mum of 2, business owner, Organic Food Garden 101 Program

Learn from a parent

Becky Searles

I’ve designed and written this course from a parents perspective. I’m a wife, mum of 2, taxi driver (for the kids), ethics teacher and I’ve been a home gardener for most of my 46 years. Gardening is in my blood. My dad taught me and I’ve taught my kids.

You don’t need to know a plant’s botanical name or study agriculture or horticulture to grow food with your family. You just need the basic skills and knowledge so it doesn’t become a fad.

Growing food is a lifestyle change and I’ve designed this course so you get started with the right knowledge. It’s like looking through a keyhole of what’s possible and the key is knowledge.

I’ve worked with Honey Home, Nine Honey, Kiddipedia, Better Homes & Gardens, Kidspot and many more, educating parents about growing food with their family. It doesn’t matter when you start, you just need to take that first step.


Do I need to know how to garden to do this course?

Absolutely not. You don’t need any knowledge. This is a beginner, start-up course.

Do I need to have a garden to do this course?

No, you don’t need to have an established garden. In fact, this course is perfect if you are thinking about a garden but haven’t started anything. You can easily grow food in pots on your balcony, in a courtyard, or if you’re renting and don’t have a garden set up.

How is this short course delivered?

Once you register, the course will be delivered via email. All you have to do is click through to the lesson each day and watch the video and follow the lesson plan.

Do I have to do a lesson each day?

This course is paced so you can absorb each lesson in manageable chunks, however, if you would like to do it faster or slower then you can. On day 1, you will get all 3 links to the 3 days.

Does the course expire?

No, the course does not expire, however, this could change at any time. I cannot guarantee that this course will stay as a free course forever.

Is this course only for families?

No, this course can be taken by anyone interested in starting a food garden. Feel free to share this page with anyone.