"Certified Organic Gardener Shows You How To Grow Organic, Nutrient-Dense Foods That 99% Of People Have Never Tasted"

(Side effects may include improved health, fewer pests, and a general feeling of accomplishment)

by Phil Nauta, Certified Organic Gardener, Permaculturist, Teacher, Author

Organic Vegetable Garden Harvest 1

Did you know that food grown today has as much as 60-70% less nutrition than the food grown 60 years ago?

And that crop loss due to insects has doubled even though pesticide use has increased 1000%?

These 2 issues - decreased nutrition and increased toxins - are a major reason why we're experiencing such an epidemic of illness and disease.

Buying organic is a start, but it doesn't mean the nutrition is getting back into the food.

The nutrient-dense foods of just 60 years ago have effectively gone extinct to probably 99% of the population. Few people will ever taste what a properly-grown tomato or strawberry tastes like.

Growing your own vegetables and fruits is the best way to guarantee you have that nutrition and great taste - without the toxins.

But because of soil degradation, past chemical use, lack of biodiversity and other factors, it's very difficult to get there without knowledge of how to balance the soil.

I'd like to give you an opportunity to experience real food again, not just for that great taste, but for the health and longevity it brings...

You Can Become A Great Gardener

Organic Vegetable Garden Harvest 2

You can:

  • Get rid of pests and weeds without toxic chemicals
  • Fix degraded soil
  • Decrease water use
  • Have inspiring, beautiful, diverse gardens

Most important, we can all bring ourselves back to optimal health by drastically increasing the nutrition and decreasing the toxins by growing food ourselves.

I know all of this because not only am I a passionate follower of organic research from around the world, but I've put it into practice for myself and my clients.

I've experienced the pain many times when things go wrong, and I've figured out how to get it right.

To get it right, you need to do some things that most gardening courses and books are skimping over or not covering at all. That's why I'm here, to give you that detail.

  • basil
  • beans
  • beet
  • broccoli
  • cabbage
  • chives
  • corn
  • cucumber
  • dill
  • garlic
  • greens
  • kale
  • onions
  • parsley
  • pepper
  • potato
  • radish
  • strawberries
  • thyme
  • tomato

So you will still discover the basics, like how to site your vegetable garden for the best results, how to find an appropriate mulch, and things like that.

But you'll also discover the more involved steps that really make a difference, like soil testing, using microbial inoculants, starting your own seeds, and hundreds of other topics.

Here's just a sample of a few of the food plants I'm growing this year. Click the arrows to go through them.

My photos won't be winning an award any time soon, but I wanted to show you an honest look at a real, healthy, organic garden, rather than some garden that a professional photographer brushed up to perfection.

Why 2006 Was An Interesting Year For Me

Planting Potatoes In My Organic Garden
Planting potatoes in the sheet mulch

If you've been following my work, you may know that I grew up working in a garden center and on a 9 hole, pitch & putt golf course owned by my parents.

Back then, I didn’t even know what organic was. During the summers, I sprayed pesticides on the greens to get rid of a fungus called dollar spot.

I truly had no idea there were any disadvantages to spraying this stuff. All I knew is that it didn’t work for very long because I had to come back and spray every week or two. Then in my 20's, I:

  • Completed a Certificate in Organic Landscape Management
  • Started an organic gardening business that I passed on to my sister
  • Became a Certified Organic Land Care Professional
  • Received my Permaculture Design Certificate
  • Started a business selling high quality organic fertilizers
  • Taught gardening courses for Gaia College
  • Wrote the book 'Building Soils Naturally'

What I don't talk about much is 2006, a year I'm very happy to say is over. I'd just started my own gardening business. I had a lot of conventional gardening experience, but was new at the organic method.

I knew the theory, but didn't have the practice - and things went very wrong. Many of my clients had major weed issues, pest problems, and gardens that were just plain sick. I had seeds that wouldn't germinate and plants that wouldn't flower or fruit. I didn't know how to deal with it and people were not happy with me.

I'm not all that emotional of a guy, but I cried myself to sleep many nights because I didn't want to let these people down and I didn't know what to do.

Being stubborn, I dug into the organic research and started trying things out. A few actually helped. Most didn't.

But I stuck with it. I learned how to make quality compost instead of the junk I'd been buying from the local providers. I also learned how to make quality compost tea, and how to use other microbial inoculants to bring benefits compost can't offer.

I learned about proper soil testing - not the ineffective home kits sold at garden centers or the cheap tests done by university labs that are usually a waste of time.

I learned how to test properly, how to interpret the results and how to fertilize based on them. It turned out it wasn't about throwing down the same organic blended fertilizer in every garden.

I figured out how to deal with pests, too, and it was not what is taught in 90% of organic gardening books. In fact, it was very interesting and surprising how it all worked.

I learned hundreds of things like this, and eventually put together a holistic gardening system I could follow on any property.

I somehow managed to make it through that year with happy clients and beautiful gardens (and very few tears shed since then)...

How I'm Able To Grow Such Nutrient-Dense, Chemical-Free Plants

Seeding Broccoli
Seeding broccoli in the sheet mulch

Cut to today and I have vibrant fruits and flowers without much of any disease, insect damage or weeds, certainly not enough to cause me any concern.

I’ve learned a simple approach for keeping them at bay, and this approach also happens to bring me abundant, nutrient-dense harvests from the vegetable garden, too.

In 2011 I put in a new garden on fairly average soil and grew 11 brix tomatoes and 15 brix carrots!

(If you don't know about brix, don't worry, I'll be teaching you what it is and how to use it - it's a very useful test for growing food).

And that's just in the first year - it often seems to take a few years until the garden really starts hopping.

The approach might be called "organic gardening," but it’s more than that. What often passes for organic gardening is simply neglect, letting the garden go wild to do what it wants.

I have no problem with letting nature run its course, but that doesn’t satisfy my own gardening goals.

What also often passes as organic gardening is simply piling on the organic matter - throw some compost and mulch on the garden and everything will work out fine. The thing is, that hasn’t been my experience or the experience of most people who have been doing this a long time.

I absolutely love compost and have seen how quality compost can do a lot of good, but it’s not a magic bullet - and again, using it alone doesn’t get me to my goals.

Let’s look below at these goals of mine and see if any of them are similar to yours.

And be sure to read this whole article because there are lots of great hints about how to produce the best organic garden possible - or as one of the visitors to this website said "Radically healthy fruits vegetables, flora & fauna that are astounding in taste, vitality, size, & appearance".

Which Of These 4 Gardening Goals Interest You?

Here are some of my top gardening goals. I wonder if you have some of these too...

Growing healthy food


When I say growing healthy food, I mean chemical-free, nutrient-dense, impossibly-delicious fruits and vegetables. I’m talking about food that is so much more nutritious than the food you can buy in the grocery store.

My vegetables taste better than grocery store organic vegetables, and they're loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes - and even natural medicines. For those who know the term brix, I’m talking about high-brix.

The main purpose of growing this healthy food is because food is directly linked to your own health. You and I need to eat the good stuff and so do the people around us.

Controlling pests forever


When I say controlling pests forever, I’m talking about a total shift in how we deal with insects, diseases and weeds. We mostly don’t want to spray things that kill them, whether chemical or organic, because it doesn’t fix the reason they’re there in the first place.

So when I say forever, I mean we transform our garden to a level where pests don't want to be there.

The reason you want to get rid of pests is not only because plants are expensive, but because if your plants are covered in pests, that means they're unhealthy, and we want healthy plants.

Creating an inspirational haven


When I say creating an inspirational haven, I mean designing a beautiful, relaxing place for you, your family and your friends, as well as a home for a diversity of plants, animals and other organisms.

While we're growing food, we might as well grow some vibrant flowers, ornamental plants and trees, too.

You want bright flowers, deep greens, autumn leaves, birds, bees and butterflies, and even mushrooms. You want water. A hot sunny spot and a cool shady spot. We're looking for that vibrant energy you feel when you’re in a place that's alive.

Improving the environment

Forest Meadow

When I say improving the environment, I mean creating a garden that removes toxins and greenhouse gases while creating oxygen.

It provides food/shelter/protection for endangered honeybees and other important insects and animals, and otherwise improves the health of this planet. Sustainability is not enough for us.

We want to create abundance. We're into leaving things better than when we started. We want so much healthy food that we have to give some of it away to our neighbors or local food bank.

How To Have A Successful Organic Garden

Autumn Maple
A garden should be a magical, inspiring place

To me, these are some exciting goals, because they're all about health and abundance.

They lead me an organic gardening tip I want to give.

One secret to achieving these goals is to come at them from a holistic perspective that doesn’t rely on just one tool or strategy to achieve them.

Compost alone isn’t going to do it. Neither is compost tea, kelp, or lime. We need to learn about all of these things and know when to use them. There isn't one solution for everything.

That being said, for most of us, increasing the organic matter content of our soil is a primary goal. That means increasing humus and the mulch layer.

So a tip I have for you is: A vital goal is increasing soil organic matter with various mulches, composts and cover crops, and it's a great way to start a garden, but in the long run, it's usually not enough to focus only on organic matter if we want optimal health in the garden - we need to take more of a holistic approach.

It takes a bit of work and knowledge to achieve these goals. More knowledge than work, really. If you've ever heard the saying "work smart, not hard," that's what this is about.

I’ve actually taken all the hard work out of researching these topics for you. I’ve done the homework so you don’t have to.

I’ve made the mistakes and learned from them so you don’t have to. With my online gardening course, all you have to do is start with day one, and we’ll discuss everything you need to know before you take your first step.

When you follow my methods, you'll actually save time and money. If you're into that, I’ve got something for you...

How To Grow Those Radically Healthy Plants...

Building Soils Naturally

You may have heard about or even read an early version of my book.

I'm very, very proud of it, but this new project is on a whole other level.

It's a totally comprehensive resource I've put together for you - an exclusive membership website.

It's called the Smiling Gardener Academy for people like you who want to go the extra mile to create health and abundance in your organic garden.

It's not a snobby club, but it is elite - for people who want to grow that nutrient-dense food that has been on the brink of extinction for decades.

So here's what I did. I put in a new organic garden, from scratch.

  • Day 60
    The Harvest Has Begun! Day 60
  • Day 2
    I've Just Started Digging. Day 2
  • Day 15
    Starting To Grow Day 15

I pulled on all of my education and experience from a life time of gardening - and especially since 2006 when I figured out how to succeed organically - and tried to use every strategy I could think of to make it the healthiest garden possible.

And I videotaped the whole process for you, from A-to-Z. So far I've filmed over 500 short videos.

I was actually blown away with the results last year, and it's going to get even better every year (building healthy soil takes time).

I've taken the pain I went through when I switched to organic in 2006, which drove me to create a system that I've been perfecting since then, and put it into an online gardening course for you.

Above are 3 photos are from the garden that I started from scratch last year. You can see before, during and after by clicking the arrows below.

Here's How It Works

Smiling Gardener Academy

As a member of the Academy, you get access to 4 new modules every month with step-by-step videos, and accompanying text and photos.

I show you the exact steps I took to design and install what is going to be an incredibly productive food garden.

By the way, if you're more interested in flowers and ornamental gardens, the lessons still apply - it's the same process.

And it doesn't matter where you live, because this online gardening course is not region-specific. My goal is to teach you how to improve your soil, control pests and build a thriving ecosystem, and that is the same process everywhere.

The gardening course is 12 months long. Of course, you can just stay as long as you like - as long as you feel you're getting good value.

I did my best to make the videos very practical. They start with some basics and get quite advanced on some topics. I've written it with beginner and intermediate home gardeners in mind (although professionals will learn some things, too - I did landscaping for 10 years before I knew most of this stuff, and wish I had learned it earlier).

I also worked hard to make many of the videos as hands-on as possible, showing you exactly what to do, and when and how to do it. There's background information and some science, but all with a view to let you know why we do the things we do in the organic garden.

And where it gets really cool is you can ask and answer questions about each of the lessons.

If you have a question, ask it. I spend a lot of time answering questions, which is a major benefit of being an Academy member.

If you've ever spent time looking for answers online, you'll know how valuable this is.

Online, you never know if the solution you find is right. With me, I'll explain the science behind why it's right and the practical side of how it has worked for me.

If you've ever asked a question in the comments on one of my blog posts, you may have received a response, but you may have noticed it was one that was rather short and I take 3-6 days to respond.

I can't answer in much detail because I'm really busy. I don't even answer gardening questions through email, but Academy members get access to me through a special forum that I answer as soon as I receive it, usually within 4 hours.

And here is what you'll discover in the videos and text (click the tabs at the top):

  • Soil
  • Testing
  • Pests
  • Compost
  • Fertilizing
  • Inoculants
  • Design
  • Planting
  • Maintenance
  • Growing Food 1
  • Growing Food 2
  • Growing Food 3
Click the tabs up above.
  • Starts With The Soil.
    • How soil forms
    • How to determine your soil texture
    • How to determine your soil structure
    • Introduction to soil fertility
    • Cation Exchance Capacity and NHC
    • The importance of organic matter
    • The pH myth
  • Down And Dirty.
    • The sedimentation test
    • How to study your soil
    • Looking at soil structure
    • Finding earthworms/insects
    • Water movement through soil
  • Preparing A Bed.
    • Working with extreme soil textures
    • Problems with incorporating soil
    • General rules for working with soil
    • How to put on an edge/remove sod
    • Working soil with claw/fork/tiller
    • Double digging vs sheet mulching
  • Mulching.
    • Improving soil with organic matter
    • The problem with landscaping fabric
    • The 1 way stones can be a good mulch
    • Peat and coir
    • Bark mulch, wood chips and sawdust
    • Grass clippings/leaves as mulch
  • Soil nutrient testing.
    • Looking at the cost
    • The limitations of testing
    • When to test
    • How to take a sample
    • Choosing a soil lab
    • How to package/send your sample
  • Soil test results.
    • Base saturation
    • Reams test
    • Example soil test results
    • Example CEC and Lamotte
    • Example trace minerals
    • Looking at your soil
  • Supplementing Nutrients.
    • Why organic
    • Mineral vs blended fertilizers
    • Fertilizers from plants/animals
    • Dry vs liquid
    • Where to get them
    • How to apply them
  • Major nutrients.
    • Calcium
    • Phosphorus
    • Magnesium
    • Potassium
    • Sulfur
    • Nitrogen
    • Recommendations for example soil
  • The Soil Food Web.
    • Who they are and what they need
    • Bacteria
    • Fungi
    • Protists
    • Animals
    • Plants
  • Health Management.
    • What pesticides do
    • How plants survive
    • Non-toxic pesticides
    • Balanced nutrition
    • Diverse biology
    • Insects and diseases
  • Plant Predators.
    • Prevention
    • Homemade organic insecticides
    • Homemade organic fungicides
    • Purchased organic pesticides
    • Using biological predators
    • How to control slugs
  • Weeds.
    • Why they're there/nutrition
    • Small-scale solutions
    • Larger-scale solutions
    • Homemade/Purchased organic herbicides
    • Nutritional controls
    • Calcium and molasses
  • Compost Introduction.
    • Buying compost
    • Using compost
    • Do you need a bin?
    • Site selection
    • Making a pallet bin
  • Compost materials.
    • Materials Introduction
    • Carbon
    • Nitrogen
    • Other
    • Activators
    • Manure
  • Making compost.
    • Air
    • Moisture
    • Temperature
    • Carbon to nitrogen ratio
    • Building the pile
    • Maintaining the pile
  • Worm composting.
    • Making the bin
    • Bedding
    • Worms
    • Food scraps
    • Troubleshooting
    • 2 methods of Harvesting
  • Biostimulants.
    • Sea minerals
    • Kelp
    • Fish
    • Rock dust
    • Molasses/Sugar
    • Humates
    • How to apply them
  • Homemade Fertilizers.
    • Herbal tea
    • Urine
    • Wood ash
    • Egg shells
    • Coffee
    • Sugar
    • Quarry rock dust
    • Tree paste
  • Cover Crops.
    • Legumes
    • Legume examples
    • Grasses
    • Grass examples
    • How to choose
    • Seeding
    • Harvesting
  • Chemicals and Micronutrients.
    • Problems with chemicals
    • Benefits of chemicals
    • Calcium/phosphorus
    • Nitrogen
    • Micronutrients
    • Growth vs fruiting
    • How to apply
  • Introduction To Inoculants.
    • Why we need them
    • When and how to use them
    • Cultivating your own indigenous microbes
    • Using mycorrhizal fungi
    • Inoculating legumes like beans and peas
    • Other inoculants
  • Effective Microorganisms (EM).
    • What is EM
    • EM for humans?
    • Using EM in compost tea
    • Application/dilution rates
    • How to apply
    • Making and using bokashi
  • Activating EM.
    • Ingredients
    • Directions
    • Maintenance
    • Troubleshooting
    • Storage
    • Testing
  • Compost Tea.
    • Aerated compost tea
    • Looking at the research
    • Brewers
    • Making tea
    • Ingredients and a recipe
    • Using compost tea
  • Design Goals.
    • Design objectives
    • Inspiration goals
    • Site usage goals
    • Ecological goals
    • Permaculture Principles
    • Making connections
  • Landscape Plan.
    • The design process
    • Your design goals
    • Drawing a site plan
    • Analyzing the site
    • Functional diagrams
    • The concept plan
    • The planting plan
  • Aesthetics Of Design.
    • Color
    • Texture
    • Elegance
    • Natural vs formal
    • Number of plants/spacing
    • Many examples
  • Ecosystem Design.
    • Shade
    • Sun
    • Wet
    • Dry
    • Native
    • Many examples
  • Choosing Plants.
    • General guidelines
    • Choosing seeds
    • Navigating a seed catalog
    • Choosing plants and trees
    • Transporting/storing plants
  • Planting.
    • Using a biodynamic calendar
    • Preparing the seed bed
    • Soaking seeds
    • Seeding
    • Making seed balls
    • Planting in soil/sheet mulch
  • Planting a tree.
    • Plant placement
    • What to do with containers
    • Detailed planting process
    • Staking
    • Maintenance
  • Starting seed.
    • Pre-germination
    • Making your own potting mix
    • Containers
    • Supplementing heat and light
    • Seeding
    • Protecting seedlings
    • Propagation
  • Maintenance.
    • Staking perennials
    • Basic fertilizing
    • Hand pollinating
    • Dividing plants
    • Winter garden prep
  • Pruning.
    • How plants react to pruning
    • Good and bad reasons to prune
    • Tools and how to use them
    • Time of year to prune
    • Many pruning examples
    • Thinning and coppicing
    • Pruning hedges
  • Water.
    • Pollution and toxicity
    • Testing For Contamination
    • Collecting rainwater
    • Storing water in the soil
    • The problem with drip irrigation
    • How to water properly
  • Irrigation Scheduling.
    • Evapotranspiration
    • Plant factors affecting irrigation
    • Soil factors affecting irrigation
    • Determining the application rate
    • Irrigation equipment
    • Using the online irrigation calculator
  • Food Gardens.
    • Choosing a location
    • Companion planting
    • Succession planting
    • Using crop rotations
    • Creating polycultures
    • Taking notes
  • Saving Seed.
    • Cross pollination
    • Harvesting vegetables
    • Saving seed/bolting
    • Thinning/volunteers
    • Curing/drying
    • Storing
  • Raised Beds.
    • Choosing materials
    • Design
    • Recipe for protecting wood
    • How to build it
    • How to install it
  • Vegetables.
    • Shallots
    • Cucumbers
    • Potatoes
    • Lettuces
    • Garlic
    • Pumpkins
    • Tomatoes
    • Many more...
  • Winter And Trellises.
    • Floating row covers
    • Using cold frames
    • Hoop houses
    • Making the hoops and cover
    • My hoop house
    • Simple trellises
    • Sturdy trellises
  • Indoor Gardening.
    • Sprouting greens/wheatgrass/peas
    • Making healthy ice cream
    • Indoor gardening tips
    • Overview of containers
    • Potting
    • Repotting/up-potting
    • Choosing houseplants
  • Hydroponics 1.
    • Why hydroponics
    • The container
    • Water
    • Air
    • Growing mediums
    • Types of systems
    • Light
  • Hydroponics 2.
    • Plants
    • Fertilizing
    • Preparing rockwool
    • Starting seeds
    • Environmental conditions
    • Costs
  • Forest Gardens.
    • Design considerations
    • Choosing trees
    • Building guilds/communities
    • Housing solitary bees
    • Should you prune?
    • Creating scaffolds
    • Pruning examples
    • Limb spreading
  • Review.
    • Starts with the soil
    • Design steps
    • Soil prep
    • Planting the tree
    • Preparing the bed
    • Mulching the tree
    • Health management
    • Maintenance
    • Fertilizing
  • Fruits.
    • Apple
    • Pear
    • Cherry
    • Strawberry
    • Raspberry
    • Blackberry
    • Blueberry
    • Gooseberry/elderberry/currant
  • Herbs.
    • Basil
    • Chives
    • Cilantro
    • Lemon balm
    • Oregano
    • Parsley
    • Sage
    • Thyme

Short Summary Of Topics

To quickly summarize, the main things you'll discover in this Academy are:

  • Proven techniques for how to grow optimally healthy food to create health in you
  • How to make incredible, living soil that produces this food and other healthy plants
  • A hands-on plan for doing these things, so there's no guesswork
  • Keeping things simple and practical, while still learning some science
  • Focus on the soil food web, because these organisms actually make your plants healthy
  • How to garden with sustainable practices, in harmony with nature
  • A lot of instructions on how to use organic fertilizers and inoculants
  • How to control pests without chemicals
  • How to do it all without spending too much money

3 Benefits To You

  1. Better Health. You will grow food that is full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes and natural medicines, to contribute to your health today and for the rest of your life. Plus, with gardening you get exercise, you stimulate different parts of your brain and it just makes you happy.
  2. Save Money. I guarantee you will save money on maintenance costs by not having to replace dead plants and not having to hire a designer/landscaper/gardener, plus of course growing a lot of your own food.
  3. Help The Planet. When you intensively study organic gardening, you can't help but become motivated to be a steward of the earth. I've become interested in saving honeybees and other endangered species, banning pesticides and GMOs, using renewable inputs and energy, and the list goes on and on.

Free Bonuses - $170 Value

I wanted to make this resource so valuable that it's an easy decision for you to jump in and take your garden to the next level.

I contacted some people and got some amazing bonuses for you that are worth many times more than your first month in the Academy and will help you reach your gardening goals:

Free Bonus 1 ($30) - Gift Certificate For My Organic Fertilizers

Liquid Seaweed Fertilizer

As you may know, in 2014 I started selling the same high quality organic fertilizers and microbial inoculants I've been using for many years in my own gardens.

These products play a big part in growing nutrient-dense food. The bring in the beneficial biology and broad-spectrum chemistry that our gardens are often lacking.

I teach you how to choose and use them in the Academy, and whenever you're ready, you can use this gift certificate to order them shipped directly to your door.

Note: The gift certificate code will be listed on your receipt when you order.

Free Bonus 2 ($90) - 1 Hour Phone Consultation With Me


After you've gone through a few of the sections and are ready for some help with your garden, I'm going to give you 60 minutes of my time on the phone, 1 on 1.

You can ask questions about anything you want to know about organic gardening, food growing, pest control, permaculture design, soil testing and fertilizing, microbial inoculants, composting, etc.

My members say these chats are invaluable, and the great thing is they're also lots of fun for me because I love to chat with other gardeners, both experienced and inexperienced, so this bonus is really a win-win.

Free Bonus 3 ($35) - Heather's Healthy Cooking Classes DVD

Heather's Cooking Classes

My ex-wife Heather is a holistic nutritionist and a wonderful cook. She teaches people about healthy cooking using organic, whole foods.

Since you're hopefully growing food this or next year (I hope at least a small amount), I asked Heather to provide something to help you use the harvest, since one of the most rewarding parts is preparing the food you've grown into delicious meals every day.

She recently put together a DVD of 8 healthy cooking classes and they've been a huge hit. Each class is 45-60 minutes long, focusing on one topic. It's the best resource she's put together yet.

The topics are: salads and dressings, soups, sauces and dips, pizza and vegetables, veggie burgers and beans, raw and superfoods, grains and breakfast, and healthy desserts.

I'll send that DVD to you for free when you sign up.

Free Bonus 4 ($10) - The Essence Of Organic Gardening Ebook

The Essence Of Organic Gardening

This is a fantastic book by Heide Hermary, the founder and president of Gaia College. She's agreed to let me send you the ebook version. It's a wonderful overview of organic gardening.

I really think of it as a cheat sheet, because it touches on many of the important things you need to remember to address in your organic garden.

Heide is my gardening mentor. I dedicated my book to her because she's taught me so much. And I was lucky enough to shoot some videos with her that are available in one of the food growing modules in the Academy.

Free Bonus 5 ($5) - My Own Personal Garden Checklist And Calendar

Garden Checklist
Garden Calendar

This is the checklist I bring into the garden to keep track of what I’m doing well and what I need to work on.

You won’t do everything on this list, and don’t feel you have to in order to have a healthy garden, but generally, the more things you do, the better.

I've also included a simple soil management calendar you can use to remind you when to do many of the tasks outlined in the Academy.

It’s not a typical 12 month calendar because timing changes depending on your climate. Instead, it’s organized seasonally.

Who Shouldn't Get This Resource?

This isn't for keeping up with the Joneses

The steps outlined in the Smiling Gardener Academy are for people who want an optimally healthy garden, who want to grow nutrient-dense foods and vibrant ornamental plants and flowers.

Basically, this is not for people who want to simply keep up with the Joneses. It's way beyond that.

So there's a little bit of work up front, but you certainly don't have to toil in the garden for hours every weekend in order to get things done.

When I was a full-time gardener, you would have spent thousands of dollars hiring me to implement the steps for you, but now you can take advantage of this Academy and do it yourself, and even do a better job because you can watch the changes in your garden day to day and season to season.

1 Year, Risk-Free 100% Money-Back Guarantee

I really want you to see this course and have lots of time to go through it and implement the techniques, so I'm offering you a pretty spectacular risk-free guarantee:

  • 30 Days. If the information isn't what you were expecting, let me know within the first 30 days. I'll refund 100% of your money, no questions asked.
  • 1 Year. Or if you stay through the full course, implement many of the strategies I teach, and still aren't happy with what you've learned and with the results in your garden, let me know. For this option, I'll ask that you email me with a little detail on which gardening techniques you used, but again, I'll refund 100% of your money or whatever you see fit.

The reason I feel just fine offering this is because I've spent many thousands of hours teaching horticulture both in a classroom setting and through this course.

I know it will help you develop an amazing organic food garden that provides you with non-toxic, nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables. It will save you money and move you toward optimal health at the same time.

Also, I believe most people are honest and will only request a refund if they believe it's fair.

Of course, you can also cancel any time during the course and no further charges will be made to your account.

Long story short, if you're not happy, I'm not happy.


Is the course good for people all over the world?

I have members from all over the world, from very cold climates to the tropics. The course isn't especially region-specific, other than a few modules where I discuss some food plants, and even then, most of them are plants that are grown in a wide variety of places (e.g. tomatoes). In some countries it can be a little more difficult to find a few of the fertilizers I recommend, but a lot of what I teach is process-driven rather than product-driven, so hopefully the vast majority of the course is very relevant to everyone.

How long is the course?

The course is 12 months long. You get access to a new section every 30 days. Each category has 35-40 lessons divided into 4 modules. You also have the option once inside to purchase access to all of the remaining months up front.

Do I still have access to the material when it's over?

After you've paid for the full 12 months, you'll have continued access, including all updates I do, for no additional fees. None of the online courses I've ever taken have offered that, but I think it's a pretty sweet feature. You can also download all videos and text at any time to your computer.

Join Now!

Yes Phil, I definitely want to join the Academy to use these proven techniques to help grow pest-free, nutrient-dense food and beautiful, inspiring gardens to help me achieve better health and happiness.


By paying this low price right now, I know I will receive the following:

  • Exclusive access to the member website with videos, text and community
  • Free Bonus 1. $30 Gift Certificate for my Organic Fertilizers
  • Free Bonus 2. $35 Heather's Healthy Cooking Classes DVD
  • Free Bonus 3. $90 1 Hour Phone Consultation With Me
  • Free Bonus 4. $10 The Essence Ebook by Heide Hermary
  • Free Bonus 5. $5 Phil's Checklist and Soil Management Calendar

$47USD/month for 12 months

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  • Day 60
    The Harvest Has Begun! Day 60
  • Day 2
    I've Just Started Digging. Day 2
  • Day 15
    Starting To Grow. Day 15

To summarize, this resource is not for people who want just a basic garden that looks like the neighbors.

It's for people who want maximum health for their garden and themselves.

If you want to bypass the pain I went through of killed plants, weeds and pest infestations, tasteless foods and money wasted, this is for you.

If you join today, you're locking in the current price and bonuses, and taking the next step to growing an abundant organic garden.

The membership includes exclusive access to the Smiling Gardener Academy with videos, text and a like-minded community of organic gardeners. With the 1 year, risk-free 100% money-back guarantee, I hope the choice is easy.

Thanks for reading. I hope to see you inside.


P.S. Do you have any questions about the Academy that I didn't answer here? Feel free to email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or with the form below and I'll be glad to answer.






"The way the lessons are set up is terrific. It's clean and well organized. I REALLY love that you've broken everything down into manageable segments. It's great that the segments are short and even better that I have the option of watching the video or reading the text. Your set up is nice and clean in that regard, too, because the text is directly below the video. I don't have to download separate transcripts and open them up in another window. Great work with this. Really. It's comprehensive without being overwhelming and it's extremely well organized and segmented."
Beth, Richmand, VA

"The Academy is the best thing since 'sliced bread'. Your 'set-up' is easy to navigate and learn from. The content is very interesting and useful; it can take beginning gardeners from 0 to 60 in a hurry. And, if I’m right, it is going to take intermediate gardeners a long way also. And I’m sure that the advanced will get a lot out of it too, looks like it is going to be a wonderful journey toward well-being and true health! I like the presentation, it is 'clean'. You have mastered the art of KISS (Keep IT Simple and Sincere). I’ve got a feeling that the Academy is going to take off like a rocket. Your meaning is coming through loud and clear. You are seen as a man of integrity; you are clear, well focused and Sincere. In other words, you are doing great, keep truckin...and we’ll keep watching and reading. Thanks for being on the planet right now, good timing. :)"
Larry, Birdsboro, PA

"Nicely done, Phil! Thanks for putting together such in-depth studies and details about the soil. It is much more detail than I've ever heard about soil before. My husband studies up on soil some, but I've never read any of his books on it. Watching a video to gather information is much more interesting :)"
Ruth, Fingerlakes, NY

"I'm extremely pleased with the content. The video content and quality are excellent. Your feedback is beyond excellent. I asked a question and got an answer the same day WOW that doesn't happen in the real world. So far I'm loving all of it. Thank you,"
Sharon, Pembroke, NH

"I've done the first lesson of the Academy, I am thrilled with what I have learned and am putting it to work. I swear I can see a difference already and it is late November! In fact, this is just the information that I have been searching for. I had done some research into and dabbling in Biodynamic farming, but like your approach even better....Sorry to talk your ear off, but you are the one who got me so revved up. ;-) And I am totally grateful to you for it. We have now done the foliar spray twice on the winter crops and the results are pretty spectacular, on the whole. I had to go back and do a third hit on the curly kale, which was not doing much, but it is now jumping. My collards out in the garden came in spectacularly with little worm damage. We built a 5 by 4.5 compost heap that heated up to 160 right away and stayed there for several days. My excitement level is high and I cannot wait to see what changes will show in the spring. My goal all along has been to get my garden to a place that I can manage it well, with only a little help, by the time I am 80. I have nearly 8 years to do it in, and that is starting to look like a realistic goal, thanks to you. Thank you, thank you for all the effort you have put into getting this information compiled in one place and then available to those of us hungry for it."
Jo, Rustburg, VA

"Your presentation is perfect for my learning style: 1) read and see pictures... 2) watch the video... 3) try it out... Cruising through websites (yours and others) is great too, but the in-depth information concentrated in your course and presented in a clear, concise manner has been a real problem-solver for us. This is only our second season gardening on this (primarily open field with a shaded pond) property and the harvest is already increasing, much of it thanks to your information helping us avoid serious pitfalls. We are getting super excited about starting to put in fruit, nut, nitrogen-fixer and pollinator-attracter trees this autumn. You're providing a wonderful service. Keep on keeping on, but take good care of Phil as you do so. You're a keeper.:)!"
Bonnie, Hawkins, TX

"Hi Phil, Truly you've put together such an awesome learning site, your brilliance to make it doable, along with such a great education simplified, is very much appreciated! I love that you are so real, relaxed and light-hearted, you truly have a gift to share with the world. You inspire me and give me lots of hope in the ability to grow incredible food for my family and I, thank you for all your effort!"
Debra, Kamloops, BC

"I want to take the opportunity to thank Phil as his Academy videos gave me the confidence to make a move to another country to work at growing my own food."
KC, Vietnam


"This feels like a dream come true. I know this Academy will enrich my growing experiences. Most importantly, it will help me to grow healthier plants that in turn feed my body and my soul. All in all, it's Friday night and I just signed up, so you can only guess what I'm doing all weekend."
Dave, Toronto, ON

"I really enjoyed watching the first module, consuming it over the last two days! Great job filming, explaining and demonstrating all the concepts in a way I can understand and grasp them. I appreciate all of your efforts, time and energy. It is all coming together and I am really excited about the possibility of having a soil that is working for me. My focus has been the plants for so long, it is quite a shift in thinking to focus on the soil and how to best feed and care for it, and then it will feed and produce healthy plants, ideally. Makes so much sense! I am really liking this approach and thinking toward organic gardening. Thank you so much! You are my first organic gardening teacher/coach and I really appreciate that you are accessible and willing to answer my questions. I am so thankful for your help!"
Debbie, Sacramento, CA

"I have been doing everything you instructed, and all of my flowers are extremely healthy! I definitely see a big difference! You are doing an excellent job I don't know how you put everything together so well! I am really enjoying the Academy so much!! You have done all of your homework and have made everything perfect, informative and easy to navigate. There are lots of resources and all of the information I received so far is more than I expected. Honestly, I am enjoying everything and learning just what I need to know and also at a good pace. After viewing your website, I knew your Academy was for me and I felt an instant connection and signed up right away. Mainly and lastly, what I like the most about the Academy is the way you treat your clients either by email or by the way you speak in your videos. You have an awesome personality and I am more than happy that I am a member of your Academy. I'm so excited about this that I want to be a member and a friend for life!! Again, thank you."
Rene, Hartsdale, NY

"Thank you very much, I love your courses, it comes from your heart. It's obvious that you are a very good teacher, please continue your goals and your ideas, you have a lot of results."
Pia, Romania

"I am a complete newbie when it comes to gardening. I live in northwestern WI. I look at this academy as a great place to begin to start building my foundation for my future organic gardening endeavors. I want to grow the best possible food for my girlfriend and myself. Thank you for making this great tool for somebody like me to learn with. This whole site is inspirational. I find the website very easy to handle. The information is great! I love it. Exactly what I want from this course."Erik, Dresser, WI

"The information that you provide through the academy is exactly what I am looking for. I feel that the money I have spent to be in the academy is an absolute bargain, worth every penny."
David, Lenoir, NC

"I'm an avid worm composter. I too, am all about the soil. I believe if we took care of the soil, not only would we as humans be healthier, but the planet would be healthier. This is a great group to be a part of."
Cassandra, Boerne, TX

"I really like what I've seen so far. The content is really interesting, and just what I'm looking for to work with my kids. We homeschool, and they're just about ready to leave the nest, so I want them to understand WHY we do what I've been doing all these years. Great idea, and thanks for keeping it affordable."
Traci, Oakdale, CA

"I've read lots and lots of websites throughout the years about gardening. The way you explain is easy for people new to gardening to understand. Keep up the good work. I feel strongly about this because there was a time when I was in the VERY beginning stages learning about gardening. You are setting a good foundation for people. I honestly feel they won't be scared away from to much technical info. You've go just enough of that to make it interesting and encouraging us to read more and want to learn more. We both feel fortunate to have found you and have got our first compost pile cooking already."
Gayle, Gulfport, MS

"Very strong application of the writing ability mixed with your clear passion and knowledge for agricultural topics. I've only received the first module and I've contemplated buying all of them flat out. Thank you for the hard and detailed work you've put into the research, business, site and video instructions. It's been time well spent and now widely appreciated."
Joe, Dalilawna.com, Orlando, FL

"I've really been enjoying your academy. I think it's well thought out, organized and above all interesting! I wish you and you're lovely wife a healthy and prosperous new year. Little did I know you were the same YouTube gardener that I had watched numerous times on extending EM a couple years back. I have nothing bad to say about your program. I think it's great."
Laura, Peoria, AZ

"Thanks to you, I tried Crop Services International this year for these two brand new beds. Having the Base and LaMotte is really valuable. I also, thanks to you, began measuring EC and will begin Brix. I have someone attending to the plants when I'm out of the US, following my instructions for weekly foliar & drench adjustments. Last year this time it was a different story so seeing this improvement is really incredible. These pics were taken in the last 48 hours - about 100 fruit on 3 plants. I also attached pics of a container grown habenaro last year that produced more than 300 fruit; had a control plant that produced less than half that amount.... convinced me of the power of mycorrhizae."
Leidy, Austin, TX

"Just wanted to let you know that I went from enjoying gardening and 'creating' food to loving it! I haven't seen all of vids yet but I have seen enough to know that I'm going to keep 'studying' / learning all I need to know to do things in a way that is in harmony with nature instead of destroying nature. Most of the things we have been taught have been distorted in some way and it is such a relief to finally find someone that is on the same wavelength. I believe I was guided to you and so I thank you from the bottom of my heart."
Colin, Canada

"I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your academy. There's just the right amount of material per month. You are teaching beautiful and radical ideas! I feel so confident that I can build soil and improve life in our yard, and we will grow the best food we can thanks to everything I am learning. Please know what a difference your work is making in my life and the health of my family. Thank-you for sharing your passion."
Trayci, Streamstown, Alberta

"The main two things I really like about the Smiling Gardner are 1) your enthusiastic approach to your subject and your genuine wish to share your knowledge with others, and 2) the quality and breadth of the kinds of information you share. (Uh, oh, is that three things?) The video format is super; much easier to grasp than reading, plus I can pull the slider back to hear something again that I may have missed."
Barry, Fredericksburg, TX

"In your email you asked for criticism of the academy. You ask the impossible of me. We, my wife and I, have been thrilled with the academy. It has completely changed our thought process about gardening, lawns, most of nature even. I have long thought the major problem with our health system is doctors treat symptoms instead of looking for the root problem. I now realize my gardens in the past were suffering from the same symptom driven management. I have now thought about a couple of possible criticisms: 1. We have learned so much and become so excited about of gardens that our plans have become considerably more ambitious. 2. I am loosing sleep planning, thinking, reading, watching, and re-planning. Very Sincerely,"
John, Clyde, TX

"The site is easy to navigate and learn from and the content is interesting and useful. You do a good job teaching. I like that the videos are short but well thought out ahead of time (at least it feels that way!), and I like how they are casual, sometimes in the shade, etc, it keeps the lessons and your appearance as friendly, natural, approachable, etc as opposed to seeming like a distant, out of touch, cheap, quick media production that is rampant these days in one place or another! :) You obviously have a lot of knowledge, and you seem to keep it practical, and I really appreciate that you strive to not be preachy about it. You are a gifted person."
Heather, Twentynine Palms, CA

"***** 5 Star Smiling Gardener Academy. Even though I have been organic gardening for 20 years, I am learning so much! I cannot tell you how much you mean to me. I know I tell you this all the time but you inspire me daily, hourly...thank you again for all your sincerity, devotion, inspiration, and question answering goodness!"
Karin, Fort Lauderdale, FL

"I love everything you do...particularly the care and detail you put into all you present on your site. You have a very welcoming presence that makes me feel at ease just listening to you! Thank you so much for offering the Academy and for all the hard work you put into it—-it doesn't go unnoticed. Your generosity is written all over your site, by the way. On some of those bad news days your words can restore my faith in humanity. Keep up the great work you are doing!"
Linda, Salt Spring Island, B.C.

"First, I would say that your videos are most educational, compelling and entertaining - these are not easy adjectives to achieve, so bravo on your work. All-in-all I am a big fan of you, your site and course material and have recommended it to others. I feel you and your video brings true value to the organic gardener, especially to the “visual learner”."
Jess, Mettawa, IL

"I like the fact that your videos are short and I can watch one whenever I have a few minutes. The possibility to have access to such a quality course as I am in a remote area is just the best! Keep up the good work!"
Caroline, Fort Simpson, NT

"I visited the member area of your new site and was quite impressed by the quality of the educational material you've brought together. Your videos go beyond what many instructional garden videos offer and are presented in a friendly and competent manner. I think you can feel quite proud of that."
Roger, Scarborough, ME

"Your lessons have already been helpful and I’m excited to be a part of this group so we can all expand our knowledge and share ideas about something we are all passionate about."
Anthony, Burnaby, B.C.

"I really enjoy all your gardening information. Love to watch your videos. Very informative and refreshing. I am looking forward to using your techniques on my new 1 acre plot. Since I have taken the Organic Master Gardening course it has opened my eyes. I had never thought about the living organisms as providing the health and sustainability to a better system of gardening and just well being of everything around it. Keep up the good work as it is appreciated."
Mary, Kimberly, B.C.

"Your content is good. It is obvious that you know what you are talking about! The best parts were the ones that gave me something to do...the soil tests, and sheet mulching segments."
Sara, Langton, ON

"It's all good for me. I really dig what your doing. Your gardening philosophy is one that I really believe."
Justin, Covina, CA

"Weston A. Price proved to the world, early in the 20th century, that nutrition, the consumption of nutrient-dense, whole foods, was a major prerequisite to good health; and, the prerequisite for a balanced, and nutrient-dense, whole food is a healthy soil. This is the philosophy and foundation of your teachings and that is why I have joined the Smiling Gardener Academy. I look forward to learning from you all those techniques and principles that I will apply to grow wholesome food for myself and my family."
Eduardo, Miami Beach, FL

"I love this course and all the info. I wish I had tine for hort school etc but I own a business and have 2 young kids and therefore NO time! It was great to see all the soil info in the first few videos."
Mill, San Francisco, CA

"I LOVE YOUR SITE AND THE ACADEMY!!!! I have learned tons and am going to try implementing it in my garden. I started a "square foot garden" system a few years back and have not been happy with the "promised results" that I haven't seen. I actually e-mailed you about that system a couple of months ago and you thought I would be able to incorporate your ideas in with what I already have going. I find your site very user friendly and super interesting. I have been into organic gardening for some time and I really like the new ideas I'm learning from you. I haven't found any of the sections that I haven't learned something. Please continue with what you have going!"
Le Anne, Idaho Falls, ID

"Hi Phil – I was told about you through my daughter-in-law that has taken the Master Gardening Course in Victoria and also hooked me up with the Organic Gardner’s Pantry. I think you are doing a great job and love and feel the passion you have right through the computer."
Colleen, Buick, BC

"I find the content interesting and useful. I learned valuable information in each sections so far. Thanks a lot for putting this website together, keep up the good work! Take care."
Miguel, Cumberland, BC

"You are doing a great service... very helpful information indeed, exactly what I need. It's all about taking care of the health of our planet and everything on it, including us!"
Kerry, Kansas, IL

"I like the use of videos as the visual of how to do something really helps. I like the science. I find this interesting and it makes the information concrete rather than an opinion of yours. I am someone who really needs to know why I am doing something and it helps for me to understand how to duplicate the information in other settings. Again, the video format is excellent. I like the fact that you include the script at the bottom of your video link. In short form: convenience, clear direction, and keep smiling, it is all good."
Sandra, Cobble Hill, BC

"Phil I really really really like the academy. I appreciate your approach, and such detail. I am impressed. Your website is easily maneuvered, I appreciate your teaching style and your patience, but mostly Phil I love your enthusiasm. I hope to be learning from you until you no longer desire to teach it! Thank you for sharing your education with us. The cost is very reasonable. I am having a blast going through the videos. In fact I am done with this first lesson and ready to move on. I am so excited to be learning the best possible techniques to build my soil to make it the most nutrient dense soil possible!"
Terry O ;) Cushing, Texas

"I've only bought the first set of lessons on the soil and it has been a pleasure to watch and learn. The info you gathered is sharp and essential to get a good idea of how everything works. And I like the way you combine theory and practical videos, a hands on approach and an overall combination of practical, theory and up to date research on how to succeed and understand what can we do to improve and actually grow our own healthy food garden. You're are doing a great job and although I studied agronomy, read lots of permaculture and other organic growing food books, I am really learning bits and tricks that are ESSENTIAL and that most times skip through our eyes."

"Hi Phil, I want to thank you so much for all your help with my access to the online courses. I also love your courses. I had already started some of the steps you are teaching and now I understand the importance of continuing those steps as well as adding to those steps to create a better outcome. The greatest thing is now I understand the what, why, when, and how to garden the right way. I look forward to the remainder of the courses since I have already finished the 1st course.Thanks for putting the information online,"
Betty, Clinton, MS

"I have been an Academy member for 10 weeks now - only learning and just the beginning of this new way but the results have been awesome! I just cut a 5 1/2 pound Cabbage and only found 2 cabbage worms in the lower leaves. Lots of squash, cukes and lettuce and our beets are 2inches in dia. and everything tastes great! I could go on and on but I know you are busy--Thanks again for all the great information etc. Every Tomato plant set fruit perfect!"
Thanks again, Ed, Greenwood, SC

"I am a new academy member. I had moved into my home Oct 2012 and the yard was a disaster. It hadn't been cared for for many years. I've always had an organic "bent" and couldn't wait to go organic on my own place. I bought lots of flowers and made tobacco tea and poured beer and dish soap on everything. I couldn't even grow marigolds. The ants and whatever's carried them off. By August I was so disappointed in the whole thing. I can't remember how I found you, but you turned my brown thumbs to green. You so graciously gave away so much of your knowledge. I printed out the ebook and put it in a binder and read about EM and fungi and was hooked! Your videos are "down to earth" and honest. This year my new peach trees are lush and have peaches on them. I use the folar sprays you suggest and no holes in the leaves like last year. My strawberries now have leaves that are huge and lots of berries coming on. Same with my grapevine. Flowers are happy and do is my lawn. I'm having a blast. Thank you for offering supplies on line. Couldn't find stuff here. I could go on and on. Keep up the good work. You're very much appreciated."
Becky, Buhl, ID