Is this course for you?

How you will study with the Grow Inspired Academy

  • Expertise at your (green) fingertips!

    Gardening is a vast topic and can require expertise to tackle issues and get results. So many people try and fail to garden, but don’t know why. This course removes the conflicting advice and demonstrates how to grow your own food, garden and compost in easy-to-follow steps from our expert

  • Maximum results for minimum time

    We know you don’t have much spare time for a new hobby, so we have designed this course to deliver maximum results with minimum input in the hands of our expert, Claire Mummery. Complete the quarterly lesson bundles when it's convenient for you to fit around your life

  • Healthy food, healthy body, healthy world

    We share your concern about the chemicals and pesticides on supermarket food, along with your desire to reduce the impact we all have on our environment. We will show you how to convert your organic waste into rich soil and how to grow healthy, nutritious, organic food in your own garden!

Start growing now!

We take our decades of experience and expertise to show you the easiest way to garden!

What is the Grow Inspired Academy?

Grow Inspired will teach you step-by-step how to grow your own nourishing, organic food and start to compost at home.


We make it easy-to-follow, so beginners with no technical knowledge can understand and complete the steps for maximum results.
 

Simply watch, read and then put into action, and you will make progress along the Success Path we have designed to upskill you into an expert home gardener.


Enjoy gardening, and grow your own nutrient-dense food that you can harvest, cook and serve to your family.


Develop skills that you can also pass on to your children or others, to show them how easy it is and where food comes from.


Our learning experience...

Upskill yourself with the Grow Inspired Academy, which is tailored to suit those new to growing; or any with a thirst for knowledge!

  • Learn and achieve no matter what size garden space you have to grow in – a window sill, a balcony, a small garden bed, or a vast area for a food forest!

  • Members require minimal equipment, focusing on using what you have available at home to grow in.

  • Meet other like-minded new gardeners in our community area, where members support one another and we celebrate our successes!

Reduce your household's

organic waste sent to landfill and make a difference to the planet!

Your journey on the Success Path

Our course structure will take you along the Success Path from novice gardener to passionate pro!

  • 1

    Welcome

    • A message from your instructor, Claire Mummery

    • How to navigate this course

    • Accessing your community - the Knowledge Bed

  • 2

    The Getting Ready Bundle - start here!

    • Before we begin - equipment you need

    • Equipment explained

    • Overview of the Academy and quarter one's bundles

    • Your Success Path at the Academy

    • How to prepare your growing beds ready for planting - part 1

    • How to prepare your growing beds ready for planting - part 2

    • QUIZ: Preparing your raised beds

    • How to prepare a container ready for planting

    • QUIZ: Preparing your containers for growing

    • A basic introduction to fertilisers in your garden

  • 3

    The Soil Bundle

    • What is soil and why does soil structure impact my success as a gardener?

    • How to test your soil at home, so you know what you're starting with

    • Your soil test results - interpreted

    • How to fix your soil part 1 - the basics of healthy soil and how to create this

    • QUIZ: the basics of the soil sponge

    • How to fix your soil part 2 - introduction to humus and how to create this

    • QUIZ: how to create humus

  • 4

    The Seed Bundle

    • Seed vs Seedling - the great debate!

    • QUIZ: Sowing from seed

    • Where to source your seeds from

    • How do I sow from seed?

    • Trouble-shooting issues when sowing from seed

    • QUIZ: Common issues when sowing from seed

    • Types of seeds you need to know

    • How to save seeds after sowing

    • What does a seed require to germinate?

    • Seed germination chart - your handy downloadable guide

    • Successful ways to germinate your seeds

    • QUIZ: Successful ways to germinate your seeds

    • Scarification - do you need to do this to your seeds and how?

  • 5

    The Germination Bundle

    • Seed to seedling explained - the life cycle of a seed to germination

    • Trouble-shooting seedlings - what am I doing wrong?

    • QUIZ: Trouble-shooting your seedlings

    • Photosynthesis and the seedling

    • The ultimate guide to transplanting or pricking out your seeds

    • QUIZ: Pricking out vs transplanting

  • 6

    Beneficial Plants & Insects Bundle - Spring

    • The magic that Phacelia can bring to your garden, and what you need to know

    • The magic that Calendula can bring to your garden, and what you need to know

  • 7

    Spring/Summer Veg Bundle - Tomatoes

    • Choosing which tomatoes to grow and seed vs seedling...

    • How to create the perfect soil and nutrition for growing juicy tomatoes

    • QUIZ: Growing & feeding tomatoes

    • How to build a frame for your tomatoes, and how to best water them

    • QUIZ: Staking your tomatoes

    • How to plant your tomatoes

    • QUIZ: Planting tomatoes

    • How to mulch your tomatoes

    • The pests and diseases you need to protect your tomatoes from

    • Beneficial plants for ultimate success with tomatoes

    • Top tips for the life of your tomatoes - from germination & planting, to maintaining & harvesting

  • 8

    Spring/Summer Veg Bundle - Zucchini / Courgette

    • Choosing which zucchini to grow and seed vs seedling...

    • QUIZ: Growing zucchini from seed or seedling

    • Zucchini: how to feed and water for growing success

    • My guide to flowering and pollination with zucchini

    • QUIZ: How to pollinate zucchini

    • How to mulch your zucchini

    • QUIZ: Mulching zucchini

    • Pests & disease you need to protect your zucchini from

    • Beneficial plants for ultimate success with zucchini

    • How to harvest your zucchini

    • QUIZ: Harvesting zucchini

  • 9

    Spring/Summer Veg Bundle - Cucumbers

    • Choosing which cucumbers to grow and seed vs seedling...

    • QUIZ: Cucumbers - seed or seedling

    • How to create the perfect soil for growing cucumbers

    • QUIZ: Ideal soil for cucumbers

    • Cucumbers - your guide to feeding and watering

    • QUIZ: Feeding and watering cucumbers

    • Cucumbers - what you need to know for growing, mulching and pollination

    • Pests & disease you need to protect your cucumbers from

    • Beneficial plants for ultimate success with cucumbers

    • How to harvest your cucumbers

    • QUIZ: How to harvest your cucumbers

  • 10

    Spring/Summer Veg Bundle - Beans

    • Choosing which beans to grow and seed vs seedling...

    • QUIZ: Choosing your beans

    • Ideal soil for growing your beans and how to sow

    • QUIZ: Sowing beans and ideal soil

    • What you need to know to transplant your beans

    • QUIZ: Transplanting beans

    • How to feed and water your beans for maximum success

    • Downloadable guide - feeding & watering beans

    • Pests & disease you need to protect your beans from

    • Beneficial plants for ultimate success with beans

    • How to harvest your beans

    • QUIZ: How to harvest your beans

  • 11

    Spring/Summer Veg Bundle - Capsicum (bell peppers) & Chilli

    • Choosing which capsicum or chillis to grow and seed vs seedling...

    • QUIZ: Choosing the best capsicum and chilli variety to grow

    • How to create the ideal soil for growing capsicum and chilli

    • The ultimate guide to watering, feeding and mulching your capsicum and chilli

    • QUIZ: Feeding and watering capsicums and chillis

    • Pests & disease you need to protect your capsicum & chilli from

    • Beneficial plants for ultimate success with capsicum & chilli

    • How to harvest your capsicum & chilli, and keeping your plants for longer than one season

    • QUIZ: Harvesting and keeping capsicums and chillis

  • 12

    Spring/Summer Veg Bundle - Basil

    • Choosing which variety of basil to grow and seed vs seedling...

    • QUIZ: Basil - seed vs seedling

    • What you need to know about beneficial plants and basil

    • What you need to know about growing basil successfully

    • QUIZ: How to grow basil successfully

    • My guide to harvesting basil

  • 13

    Growing with the Moon Bundle

    • An introduction to harnessing the moon in your garden

    • September - a detailed look at tasks for the month. By guest contributor & astrologist, Elaine Davies

    • Virgo - what kind of gardener are you? By guest contributor & astrologist, Elaine Davies

    • October - a detailed look at tasks for the month. By guest contributor & astrologist, Elaine Davies

    • Libra - what kind of gardener are you? By guest contributor & astrologist, Elaine Davies

    • November - colour therapy and aromatherapy. By guest contributor & astrologist, Elaine Davies

    • Scorpio - what kind of gardener are you? By guest contributor & astrologist, Elaine Davies

  • 14

    BONUS RECIPES: Organic pest & disease management / feeding

    • Soap concentrate recipe - manage pests without chemicals and make the remedy at home!

    • Organic recipes to treat powdery mildew at home

    • Banana skin compost tea recipe - a bonus feed for your potassium-loving plants

    • The magical uses of Comfrey in your garden - four bonus recipes

  • 15

    Welcome to Quarter 2

    • Welcome to Quarter 2: What to expect and any equipment needed

  • 16

    Summer Pests Bundle

    • Green shield bugs: An introduction

    • Green shield bugs: Signs of an infestation, identification and how to prevent an outbreak

    • Green shield bugs: How to treat an infestation

    • QUIZ: Green shield bugs

    • Organic recipe to repel green shield bugs

    • Whitefly: An introduction

    • Whitefly: Identification, signs of an infestation and how to prevent an outbreak

    • Whitefly: How to treat an infestation

    • QUIZ: Whitefly

    • Aphids: An introduction

    • Aphids: Identification, signs of an infestation and how to prevent an outbreak

    • Aphids: How to treat an infestation

    • QUIZ: Aphids

  • 17

    Summer Disease Bundle

    • Rust: An introduction

    • Rust: Identification, signs of an infestation and how to prevent an outbreak

    • Rust: How to treat an infestation

    • QUIZ: Rust

    • Powdery mildew: An introduction

    • Powdery mildew: Identification, signs of an infestation and how to prevent an outbreak

    • Powdery mildew: How to treat an infestation

    • QUIZ: Powdery mildew

    • Recipes to prevent and treat powdery mildew

    • Blight: An introduction

    • Blight: Identification, signs of an infestation and how to prevent an outbreak

    • Blight: How to treat an infestation

    • Recipe to treat early blight

    • QUIZ: Blight

  • 18

    Introduction to Composting Bundle

    • Why compost?

    • Introduction to types of composting

    • Composting guidelines

    • Introduction to worm farm composting

    • Introduction to Bokashi composting

    • Ingredients in your composting system: Browns & greens

    • Introduction to three bin composting

    • Introduction to free-standing composting

    • Application rates for worm and Bokashi juice

  • 19

    Soil Health Bundle

    • Soil health

    • Soil microbial life

    • Introduction to microbial soil life

    • Introduction to Dr Higa and Effective Microorganisms (EM)

    • What is EM?

  • 20

    Water Conservation & Weather Bundle

    • Understanding wind and rain

    • How to protect your plants from wind

    • How to build a sturdy frame to protect your plants from wind

    • What to do when it rains on your summer plants

    • Drought: The moon and its effect on underground water + tips for managing drought

    • Drought: How to conserve water when watering your plants

    • Drought: How to save water for your summer plants

    • Drought: A guide to mulching your plants

  • 21

    Beneficial Plants and Insects Bundle - Summer

    • Introduction to beneficial flowers and their importance in the garden

    • Beneficial flowers: Alyssum, nasturtium & borage + recipe

    • Recipe: Pickled nasturtium (Poor Man's Capers)

    • Beneficial flowers: Alyssum

    • Beneficial flowers: Nasturtium

    • Overview to beneficial flowers

    • Beneficial insects

  • 22

    Pot Bundle

    • How to grow in pots

    • Pot on pot

    • Summer care for your pots

  • 23

    Growing Citrus Bundle

    • An introduction to citrus

    • Requirements for a successful lemon tree

    • First & second year care of your lemon tree

    • Pets and disease on citrus (part 1)

    • Preparations to plant and planting citrus

    • Citrus flowering

    • QUIZ: Citrus

  • 24

    Vegetable Progress Bundle

    • Maintaining your basil plants

    • Maintaining your bean plants

    • Maintaining your capsicum & chilli plants

    • Maintaining your cucumber plants

    • Maintaining your tomato plants

    • Maintaining your zucchini plants

  • 25

    Spraying Bundle

    • Spraying: An introduction

    • Spray product list

    • Spray programme

    • Spray programme template

    • Get to know your sprayers

  • 26

    Growing with the Moon Bundle 2

    • December Garden: Colour Therapy & Aromatherapy. By guest contributor & astrologist, Elaine Davies

    • Sagittarius: What kind of gardener are you? By guest contributor & astrologist, Elaine Davies

  • 27

    Welcome to Quarter 3

    • Welcome to Quarter 3 - what to expect

    • Quarter 3 equipment guide

    • Equipment List

  • 28

    Replenish soil and clear your garden for Autumn / Winter Bundle

    • A video guide to clearing your garden

    • Top tips for clearing your garden

    • How to replenish your soil after growing all season

    • How to compost your green waste

    • Equipment you will need to compost your green waste

    • QUIZ: Composting your green waste

    • An introduction to crop rotation

    • Planning crop rotation in your garden - a video guide

    • QUIZ: crop rotation

    • Your downloadable guide to crop rotation - getting to know your plant families

    • QUIZ: Getting to know your plant families

    • Neutral plants for interplanting in your crop rotation

    • A sample annual crop rotation chart

  • 29

    Green Manure Crops Bundle

    • An introduction to growing green manure and carbon crops in your winter garden

    • Why sow green manure crops and how

    • QUIZ: Green manure crops

    • Growing Mustard: What you need to know

    • Growing Lupins: What you need to know

    • Growing Carbon Crops: What you need to know

    • Growing Tic Broad Beans: What you need to know

    • QUIZ: Which are green manure crops and which are carbon crops

  • 30

    Autumn/Winter Growing Bundle: Brassicas

    • Choosing which brassicas to grow and how to grow from seed...

    • Sowing brassicas and leeks

    • How to create the ideal soil for growing brassicas

    • QUIZ: Ideal soil for your brassicas

    • Coming soon... How to plant brassicas

    • The ultimate guide to feeding and watering brassicas

    • Pests and disease you need to protect your brassicas from

    • QUIZ: Pests and disease of brassicas

    • Beneficial plants for ultimate success with brassicas

    • QUIZ: Beneficial insects for brassicas

    • My tips for harvesting brassicas

  • 31

    Autumn/Winter Growing Bundle: Leeks

    • Choosing which leeks to grow, and how to sow...

    • How to create the ideal soil for growing leeks

    • Coming soon... How to plant leeks

    • The ultimate guide to feeding, mulching and watering leeks

    • QUIZ: Feeding and watering leeks

    • Pests and disease you need to protect your leeks from

    • QUIZ: Pests and disease of leeks

    • Beneficial plants for ultimate success with leeks

    • How to harvest leeks

  • 32

    Autumn/Winter Growing Bundle: Garlic

    • Choosing which garlic to grow, how and when to grow

    • How to create the ideal soil for growing garlic

    • Coming soon... How to sow your garlic

    • The ultimate guide to feeding and watering garlic

    • QUIZ: Feeding garlic

    • Pests and disease you need to protect your garlic from

    • Beneficial plants for ultimate success with garlic

    • How to harvest and store your garlic - and how to know which bulbs to keep!

  • 33

    The Strawberries Bundle

    • An introduction to growing strawberries

    • Planting, mulching and watering your strawberries

    • Caring for your strawberries and runners

    • How to protect your strawberries from pests and disease

    • QUIZ: Strawberries

    • Harvesting your strawberries

  • 34

    The Garden Biodiversity Bundle

    • My guide to creating biodiversity in your garden - the secret to success

    • Attracting bees to create biodiversity

    • QUIZ: Biodiversity in the garden

    • BONUS: Herbal remedies using beneficial flowers

  • 35

    Beneficial Plants & Insects - the Perennials Bundle

    • The magic of Comfrey and how to use it

    • An introduction to growing the perennial, Comfrey

    • QUIZ: Comfrey

    • Harvesting and using Comfrey - my video guide

  • 36

    Introduction to Companion Planting Bundle

    • Companion planting: why, what and how

    • QUIZ: Companion planting

  • 37

    Growing with the Moon Bundle 3

    • Five easy ways to harness the power of the moon in your garden

    • The Moon Challenge

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