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Video Course Review: Soil-First Gardening: How to Grow Black Gold in the Backyard

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Although I’m a long time organic gardener, it’s only been in recent years that I switched to no-till. Like any new approach to gardening, there’s been a learning curve. And along with that learning curve, there’s been a lot of experimenting. Some of those experiments have worked out well, but others haven’t. So when Anna Hess contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in reviewing her new video course on, I was happy to say yes! 

I’m guessing most of you are familiar with Anna. She and her husband Mark blog over at The Walden Effect, and Anna has written a number of excellent homesteading books including The Weekend Homesteader, Homegrown Humus, and Bug-Free Organic Gardening.

Soil-First Gardening: How to Grow Black Gold in the Backyard is her first video course. Who is it geared for? Anyone seeking to improve their gardening skills. It’s a fantastic introduction to no-till gardening for the beginner, yet contains ideas that experienced gardeners will want to try. The lessons covers compost, no-till organic gardening, biochar, hugelkultur, and cover crops. She explains how each technique improves the soil and shows easy how-tos to apply to your garden. What I found impressive is how she and Mark have uniquely adapted these techniques to their region and their garden. There are some interesting ideas here! I learned new ideas for concepts I’m familiar with, but looking to improve.

The overall presentation is appealing. Anna’s friendly personality makes you feel like you’re right there with her. Each section includes an interactive assignment, a downloadable PDF handout, and a brief quiz. The sixteen lessons are short but to the point. The course is self-paced with a total time of one hour. 

Why can I recommend this course? Because true expertise comes from experience. While it’s important to understand the principles behind any concept, it’s equally important to be able to apply those principles to gain results. In other words, being able to explain something from head knowledge is good, but being able to explain something from experience is better. Anna Hess has experience I can respect. 

Why Udemy? Why not just go to a free video site and look around for similar information? This is the second course I’ve taken at, and I really like the platform. The videos are very well done and free from fluff comments and trolls. In addition to organized lessons, assignments, handouts, and quizzes, Udemy lets you add personal notes anyplace in the video. All of these are truly helpful assets compared to regular video websites. Plus, I have lifetime access to all the courses I buy.

How much does it cost? Regular price is $19.99, but I have a coupon code! Follow this link to get 35% off 


The code expires October 8, 2022. 

Who doesn’t want better soil for their garden? It’s the key to nutritious produce and abundant productivity. As gardening season winds down (or up!) I hope you’ll treat yourself to this course and be inspired for your next gardening season.


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