Garden Pest and Disease Management

Do you want bigger fruit and veggie harvests with less pest and disease? Grow produce using methods that are better for the environment and healthier to eat? Save time troubleshooting and spend more time enjoying your garden? In this course, you will learn how to identify, prevent and manage common garden problems using organic, proven methods. These methods will help you create fruit and vegetables packed with nutrients and no nasty chemicals. You’ll discover strategies for making your garden pest and disease resistant naturally. Make sprays from common kitchen and natural ingredients and learn various methods for deterring and excluding pests before they become a problem.

The course includes lots of great ideas to reduce your costs and keep up with your garden maintenance by discovering free and cheap sources of materials and identifying common throw-away items that can be repurposed in the garden. The instructor will also provide online sources for seed and plant varieties (including suggestions for disease resistant varieties) that you won’t find in your local garden nursery.

This course is suitable for all levels and the trainer is happy to answer questions on specific pest and disease problems.

Course Outline:

  • Pests – Overview, prevention and ID methods
  • Pest predators – Identify animals which help control pests and how to attract them
  • Sucking pests – ID and management
  • Chewing pests – ID and management
  • Large pests – ID and management
  • Disease – Prevention and management

Learning outcomes:

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify a range of pests and diseases
  • Manage pests using appropriate organic methods
  • Identify strategies for disease prevention in vegetable gardens
  • Select appropriate solutions to manage specific plant pests and diseases

What to bring:

  • 2 × 1 ltr spray bottle to make garden sprays
  • 1 x Empty plastic drink bottle (1.25lt or bigger)
  • Scissors & permanent marker

About the Tutor:

'Alice is a passionate urban food gardener who believes everyone can have access to freshly picked herbs, fruit and vegetables, regardless of gardening experience (and garden). She works with numerous schools and community groups throughout Sydney to help them establish and develop productive, organic edible gardens and outdoor learning spaces. A trainer and facilitator of 18 years she also delivers professional development workshops on a range of sustainability topics to teachers via the Department of Education and NSW Health and facilitates horticultural therapy lessons for intellectually disabled children.'

Other Information:

  • To ensure resources are ready for you at the start of your course, we ask you ideally enrol at least one week before the course commences.
  • All courses need a minimum number of students to run ("we try our hardest to get those") . If your course does not have enough students it will be cancelled prior to the commencement and you will be informed.

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.