Companion, Guild and Succession Planting Course –

Discover how making connections between plants can create productive ecosystems

Learn the principles behind companion, guild, and succession planting, and discover how to use them on your property. And explore how plants and animals can create self-sustaining ecosystems in your garden, to produce higher yields and preserve the health of your soil. This course explores three planting strategies that make the most of the connections and relationships that different plants have with one another – to benefit your soil, crops and increase the biodiversity of your site.

Here are just some of the skills you will gain in this self-paced online course:

  • Understand how companion planting helps plants flourish
  • Appreciate that connections between plants can improve soil quality
  • Know how to use planting design to keep animals from eating your crops
  • Find out which plants help fruit species to grow to their potential
  • Appreciate how companion planting can influence the taste of fruit
  • Gain practical knowledge of suitable companions for a wide range of vegetables
  • Know which plants to avoid planting together
  • Understand why herbs make good companions for many different plants
  • Be able to plant companions to ensure robust herb growth
  • Appreciate that companion planting can play a role in helping field crops
  • Learn a number of suitable plant pairings for grain crops
  • Understand what guild planting is and its functioning as an ecosystem
  • Explore the different roles species in a guild can play
  • Learn which species perform which roles in an apple tree guild
  • Be able to create your own apple tree guild on your permaculture property
  • Understand how succession planting uses connection between plants over time
  • Appreciate the benefits of succession planting
  • Discover the merits of four different succession-planting strategies
  • Be able to implement any of the four strategies on your property
  • Gain practical tips to apply to any succession planting technique
  • Recognize how you can improve your system over successive years
  • Learn how organic farmers have used crop rotation over the years
  • Institute a simple four-bed rotation system on your property.

Companion planting is all about planting two species of plant close enough to one another so that they help each other grow to their maximum potential.

You’ll learn about the variety of benefits such relationships can have for the plants, and the soil in which they grow. These include:

  • Improving yield
  • Balancing soil nutrients
  • Enhancing soil structure
  • Providing mutual support and protection
  • Controlling pests
  • Enhancing taste
  • Saving energy

Putting the right species of plants in proximity to one can give the permaculture gardener one, two or several of these benefits in their garden beds, while creating a better functioning ecosystem at the same time.

Working through this course will also give you an insight into how connections between plants and animals develop, and how such relationships can also benefit both parties. You will learn how to harness these natural relationships on your permaculture plot to protect your plants, control pest populations, and attract beneficial organisms to your site. You will also be able to use livestock to enhance the benefits, in a controlled way to maintain the integrity of your planting ecosystems.

This course will also give you a detailed breakdown of some of the companions that work best for a wide variety of fruit, vegetable, herb and grain crops. You’ll discover why many vegetables like being planted next to herbs, and why legumes and citrus fruits make for the perfect pairing – and so much more practical guidance on planting strategy.

The course also tells you which pairings to avoid. Do you know, for example, why you shouldn’t place broccoli next to asparagus in your garden beds or why blackberries and raspberries do not make good bedfellows? This course will enlighten you.

Guild planting takes companion planting to another level, using several species to create a harmonious, self-sustaining ecosystem in which all the plants contribute to the greater good. We explain the different roles plants can play in a guild – from those that add valuable nutrients to the soil and those that provide support to climbing species, to those that send down deep roots and access water and nutrients lower down in the soil profile and make them available to their lower lying companions. These arrangements will be made tangible by looking at the specific example of an apple tree guild with advice on which plant species perform the various roles in a guild best in such an arrangement.

The course also includes extensive advice on succession planting. This is essentially companion planting through time. You’ll discover four distinct strategies to utilize succession on your property that involve either the same species of plant, different varieties of a single species, or a combination of different types, depending on your site. The course will allow you to know which factors to consider when selecting the most suitable succession planting strategy for your property and your cultivation aims – and then put it into practice.

You will also be able to extend the practice to a multi-year technique of rotation planting that makes the most of plant connections over several growing seasons, while also ensuring that the soil in your garden beds retains that right levels of nutrients to get sustained good growth. We’ll give you a practical example of a vegetable rotational gardening strategy that will see you reaping the harvest for several years in a row. How cool would that be?

Besides all the information about these amazing planting techniques, you’ll also learn how you can put them into practice on your permaculture property, with hints, tips and detailed instruction to ensure success.

Build your self-sufficiency skills with a self-paced online learning experience:

We’ve focused on not just what you learn on this course, but how you learn it. We recognize that people like to learn in different ways, or appreciate being able to study information in a number of ways to help make information more tangible. That’s why this package incorporates a number of methods that you can use to work your way through the course. When you invest in this course, you’ll receive for one full year:

  • An eBook of the course
  • Access to a video animation
  • An audio-only recording of the course
  • Summaries to guide you through the sections
  • Quizzes to test your knowledge

You can use some or all of these methods to help you learn all the information and practical guidance contained in the course. From reading the eBook at the kitchen table while bread is baking in the oven, to listening to the audio while you are walking around the garden, learning has never been so adaptable to your studying preferences and schedule.

And once you’ve completed the course successfully, you’ll receive a certificate to commemorate your achievement.

We believe – just like with companion planting – that connections are key. That’s why we want as many people as possible to have access to this course.

“Choose your companions from the best.” – W.B. Yeats

Bonus #1: Companion, Guild and Succession Planting eBook

(normally $28 retail value, yours free today!)

  • Learn how companion planting works and its benefits for your crops
    You’ll see just what goes on in a compost pile to give the gardener such a brilliant soil conditioner. You’ll learn about all the amazing microorganisms that do the work turning all manner of materials into something that your plants will love, and how different conditions can affect their activity.
  • Know the parts of a guild and how to establish one
    See how you can combine multiple plant species into a cohesive ecosystem that benefits all the members of the guild. The book also shows you how plants and animals develop mutual relationships – and how you can design your garden to harness them.
  • Maximize productivity over the long term
    The book also shows you how plants can help each other over time. Discover the secrets of succession planting – over a growing season and over several years – for better soil, fewer pests, and more bountiful crops.

Bonus #2: Ultimate Permaculture Manual eBook

(normally $28 retail value, yours free today!)

  • How to grow a variety of foods in almost any conditions
    Learn how to grow an abundant supply of fresh food year-round with a fraction of the effort of using standard gardening techniques
  • How to save money and become self-sufficient with a greywater system
    Get simple techniques for saving and recycling rainwater – providing up to 2/3 of the water your household needs
  • The No. 1 key to making your home truly healthy and safe
    Discover proven design tips for making your living space more naturally beautiful and efficient
  • Get over 700 pages of in-depth regenerative permaculture design instructions
    We've packed this manual with tips and information that will help you completely transform your home and property in ways you never imagined.

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