Course Description

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This course will teach you how to prevent pests from being a problem in your organic vegetable garden. You will learn how to make your garden less of a target for those chewers and disease carriers.

It will give you the knowledge of how your garden works so you will better understand how to out smart the bugs.

You will also learn about the importance of improving the soil, making compost and crop rotation and how that affects your insect population.

This course will be of great interest to all learners who would like to grow their own food in an organic and sustainable manner.

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Gardener / Suburban Homesteader / Recipe Wrangler

Mary St. Dennis

I believe everyone can learn to grow at least part of their own food.I have lived and gardened in SW Florida most of my life, where, with all the bugs, humidity and plant diseases, gardening should be an Olympic sport.Many would love to have a garden too but they don’t know where to start. My goal is to teach you better ways to grow your own food organically, and to give you the confidence to take the plunge.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome

  • 2

    Unit 1 - What Makes Healthy Plants?

    • Plants, Soil and Bugs: Your Garden Is An Ecosystem

    • It All Starts With The Soil

    • For Everything There Is A Season

    • The Best Plant For The Job

    • Assignment

  • 3

    Unit 2 - Using Physical Controls

    • Traps

    • Barriers

    • Assignment

  • 4

    Unit 3- Pest Control Methods

    • Attract Beneficial Insects

    • Repel Pests

    • Choose Organic Pest Control

    • Assignment

  • 5

    Unit 4 - Clean It Up

    • Remove The Bugs And Where They Hide

    • Rotate Your Garden Beds

    • Assignment

  • 6

    Conclusion

    • Let's Take Back Our Gardens

    • Where To Go From Here

Reviews

5 star rating

Jocelyn Bichard

5 star rating

keep bugs out of your garden, naturally!

vicki williams

Awesome course and full of great information that was a quick read!!! You have to get this out there quick!!!! I love your thoughts on the soil, planting an...

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Awesome course and full of great information that was a quick read!!! You have to get this out there quick!!!! I love your thoughts on the soil, planting and rotating beds and keeping a journal!! Great advise! I like your view points of understanding our pests and how to control them naturally!!! Great job!!!! We need more folks like you !!!!

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5 star rating

A handy little course!

Jacquie Payne

Nicely set out, with good, useful information. Thank you!

Nicely set out, with good, useful information. Thank you!

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5 star rating

Patty Phillips

I thought it was really great! I learned a few things I did not know. I am going to try to plant the flowers and herbs in my garden this year and see what ha...

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I thought it was really great! I learned a few things I did not know. I am going to try to plant the flowers and herbs in my garden this year and see what happens. Thank you for allowing me to take your course.

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5 star rating

Great

Linda Storm

Great! Easy to understand. Learned several new ideas especially another method to repel squash bugs. Several years I went out every morning and killed sqas...

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Great! Easy to understand. Learned several new ideas especially another method to repel squash bugs. Several years I went out every morning and killed sqash bugs! Worked pretty well but was a lot of work!

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5 star rating

Rosie Sullivan

5 star rating

Nothing could be more informative than this!

Laventeena Teal

This course was extremely informative. I never have given thought to organic gardening practices being just as harmful as regular farming. This course goes i...

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This course was extremely informative. I never have given thought to organic gardening practices being just as harmful as regular farming. This course goes into great detail on the different reasons why your garden may be failing, and then gives REAL solutions for fixing your garden woes. living in Florida, bugs will always be a problem, but Mary lays out how to combat bad bugs, as well as how to attract the good ones! This course actually makes me excited to start gardening again this fall! Now my only struggle will be to keep my husband from killing all the spiders! Thank you for this über informative class and for reigniting my passions for healthy gardening!

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5 star rating

Great Information

Rose Felton

This was very informative. Not only did you tell us how to get rid of bugs, how to improve the soil (or keep from distroying it), but you also gave us place...

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This was very informative. Not only did you tell us how to get rid of bugs, how to improve the soil (or keep from distroying it), but you also gave us places to find certain things to help us in this endeavor. I would like to have had a button where I could print out certain things such as what flowers are good for keeping out bugs.

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5 star rating

It's a great title. I took the class because of the title

Irene Wil

I learned a lot. I'm just beginning and I knew about marigolds in the garden but I learned about so many more that could help and make my garden pretty too....

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I learned a lot. I'm just beginning and I knew about marigolds in the garden but I learned about so many more that could help and make my garden pretty too. Thank you

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5 star rating

Very informative for the novice gardner

Breezy Schafer

Wonderfully informative to people who may just be starting a garden or are having issues with pests. A great overview of chemical free pest control which is ...

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Wonderfully informative to people who may just be starting a garden or are having issues with pests. A great overview of chemical free pest control which is so important when talking about the foods our families eat. Broken down well enough anyone could understand. I cannot wait to start planting and now feel like I have a head start on one of the main issues gardeners face. I definitely cannot wait to take more courses from Life is Just Ducky!

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5 star rating

Well done

One of God's

It is especially good in that is not area or region specific and does focus on truly organic methods for preventing and solving garden problems.

It is especially good in that is not area or region specific and does focus on truly organic methods for preventing and solving garden problems.

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5 star rating

Very effective and enticing title

Cyndi Pratt

I thought it was informative and easy to read and understand. It makes me believe I can conquer the pest issues I will probably encounter.

I thought it was informative and easy to read and understand. It makes me believe I can conquer the pest issues I will probably encounter.

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5 star rating

Great Course

Beverly Stafford

This was pretty in-depth for being so short a course. You gave many great examples of what to do and what NOT to do. I liked how to get rid of pests by usi...

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This was pretty in-depth for being so short a course. You gave many great examples of what to do and what NOT to do. I liked how to get rid of pests by using certain plants and the crop rotation was great too. Thank you for providing me with this info for free. I'm looking forward to your emails. Beginning gardener, Bev

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5 star rating

Very Good Information

Mary Nenarella

I am so glad it was in text form as it is so much easier to take notes for later use. Thank you!

I am so glad it was in text form as it is so much easier to take notes for later use. Thank you!

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5 star rating

Wanda Horst

I enjoyed this informative but clear and simple ,helpful information!!

I enjoyed this informative but clear and simple ,helpful information!!

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5 star rating

Madeline Reid

4 star rating

Very good and comprehensive.

Maren Morgan

This course was well organized. I liked the assignments because they made me take action.

This course was well organized. I liked the assignments because they made me take action.

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4 star rating

A catchy title that should relate to most people.

Judi Robertson

Good, easy to follow information that covers most things I would discuss as a Master Gardener in our advice clinics. Some printouts might be nice, such as y...

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Good, easy to follow information that covers most things I would discuss as a Master Gardener in our advice clinics. Some printouts might be nice, such as your favorite flowers and herbs to plant in the garden and why, or a link to other sites with easy to print out material for reference after taking your course. A list of your reference and / or favorite books, web sites etc. could be helpful as well.

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4 star rating

Very attractive title

D T

The info was great - especially the DIY stuff to use in your garden harmlessly. It was a little threatening to call it a course as i hate tests, but not her...

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The info was great - especially the DIY stuff to use in your garden harmlessly. It was a little threatening to call it a course as i hate tests, but not here. There is not test - just challenges to do something.

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1 star rating

perfect title

connie nelson

Found several gold nuggets to print and save. I wouldn't change a thing! I'm sure all of us using this course have learned something, newbie or not.

Found several gold nuggets to print and save. I wouldn't change a thing! I'm sure all of us using this course have learned something, newbie or not.

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