Organic Plant Culture
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Organic Plant Culture
Organic Plant Culture course online. An Outstanding and Extensive Foundation Course. Globally focused and regularly revised by experts from the UK and Australia. Learn to grow plants naturally. Develop a solid understanding of the principles and procedures underlying the cultivation of plants by natural methods. Work with the environment and without the use of artificial fertilizers or sprays.
Lesson Structure: Organic Plant Culture BHT302
There are 10 lessons:
- Gardening styles, basic organic procedures, etc.
- Plant Culture
- Understanding Soils
- Fertilizers and Plant Nutrition
- Soil Management
- Pests & Diseases
- Seeds - Collecting, storing & sowing
- Vegetable Growing in your locality
- Fruit Growing in your locality
This course is taught by:
BSc. (Hons) Horticulture, (University of Bath); RHS General Examination; FI Hort; MIfpra.
An experienced and professional horticulturist with extensive management skills gained internationally; experienced in landscape management, staff supervision and management, written and oral communication, horticultural knowledge and application, supported by organisational and administrative skills and attention to detail.
Katie brings 20 years experience in Horticulture and is an accomplished lecturer, horticulture consultant and freelance writer. Katie is a judge for the International Awards for Liveable Communities in the Whole City Category.
Katie also worked for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in France for approx 5 years first as a Sector Manager and then as an Area Manager; management of the cemeteries, peripatetic teams of gardeners (UK & French nationality) for the constructed cemeteries and memorials and static French nationality gardeners for small town/village plots.
BSc in Applied Plant Biology (Botany) Univ. London 1983.
City and guilds: Garden Centre Management, Management and Interior Decor (1984)
Management qualifications in training with retail store. Diploma in Hort level 2 (RHS General) Distinction.
Susan Stephenson is a passionate and experienced horticulturist and garden designer. She has authored three books, lectures at 2 Further and Higher Education Colleges, teaching people of all ages and backgrounds about the wonders of plants and garden design, and tutors many students by correspondence from all over the world.
Susan studied botany at Royal Holloway College (Univ of London) and worked in the trading industry before returning to her first love plants and garden design. She is therefore, well placed to combine business knowledge with horticulture and design skills. Her experience is wide and varied and she has designed gardens for families and individuals. Susan is a mentor for garden designers who are just starting out, offering her support and advice and she also writes, delivers and assesses courses for colleges, introducing and encouraging people into horticulture and garden design.
Susan is a Professional Associate and exam moderator and holds the RHS General with Distinction. She continues to actively learn about horticulture and plants and (as her students will tell you) remains passionate and interested in design and horticulture.
She also supervised the Area Arboriculture Team and was Exhumations Officer in charge of collecting discovered remains and arranging identification (if poss) and interment of same.
Learning Goals: Organic Plant Culture BHT302
- Explain the concepts and principles of organic growing, including the common techniques used in organic growing systems (Part A).
- Explain the concepts and principles of organic growing, including the common techniques used in organic growing systems (Part B).
- Determine soil management procedures, which are consistent with organic growing principles (Part A).
- Determine soil management procedures, which are consistent with organic growing principles (Part C).
- Determine soil management procedures, which are consistent with organic growing principles (Part B).
- Explain how pests and diseases are controlled using organic growing principles
- Determine appropriate mulches for use in different organic growing situations.
- Determine the appropriate use of seed propagation, in organic plant culture.
- Plan the production of an organically grown vegetable food crop
- Plan the production of an organically grown fruit crop
Determine the roles of different organic farming and gardening organisations.
- Explain how organic crops can be 'certified' as being organic in your country.
- Explain the application of crop rotation in a specified garden, or farm.
- Describe the construction of a 'No-Dig' garden, using materials readily available in your locality.
- Explain the intended aims of a specific 'Permaculture' designed garden.
- Explain different organic growing concepts, including: biodynamics
- sustainable agriculture, companion planting, fallowing, composting, recycling.
- Explain how organic matter may benefit plants growing in different soils.
- Compare the advantages with disadvantages of using organic versus non-organic fertilizers.
- Determine different organic fertilizers that are commonly available in your locality.
- Compare factors affecting the selection of different organic fertilisers, including:
- Proportions of different nutrients
- Likelihood of burn
- Buffering characteristics
- Where it is to be used
- Method of handling
- Cost Availability
- Determine mulch materials readily available for organic growing in your locality.
- Compare different mulches suitable for organic growing systems, in terms of:
- Interaction with water (eg. repellence, absorbency, drainage) Nitrogen draw down, Toxins Rate of decomposition, Insulation properties, Weed suppression, Availability Cost, Nutrient content, Ease of handling.
- Explain how different, specified leguminous plant species, may be used to improve soil fertility.
- Explain how different worm species may be used to improve soil fertility, on a specific site.
- Determine how soils on a specific site may be managed, using organic principles.
- Explain the different methods of natural control of pests and diseases, including:
- Natural sprays
- Physical controls
- Plant selection
- Use of natural predators
- Environment manipulation.
- Determine commercially available, naturally derived sprays that can be used in organic growing.
- Explain the benefits of ten specified examples of companion planting, including:
- Repelling pests away from crop plants
- Attracting pests to bait plants
- Improving soil (structure and nutrition)
- Deterring growth of pests and diseases.
- Develop criteria for evaluating pesticides, including natural pesticides, for use in an organic garden or farm.
- Develop appropriate programs to control pests and diseases on different, specified cultivated plants.
- Develop guidelines for seed variety selection, appropriate to organic plant culture.
- Explain the importance of preserving seed sources of 'older' plant varieties.
- Compile a catalogue ofdifferent, reliable seed sources for organic culture.
- Explain appropriate methods for storage of different types of seed.
- Explain various ways dormancy factors can affect seed germination.
- Develop an annual timetable for planting different varieties of vegetables, appropriate to organic growing systems, in your district.
- Compare the culture of different specified vegetable species, in organic with non-organic production.
- Prepare organic production schedules for different food crops, including: vegetable, fruit and berry
|Course Start||Anytime, Anywhere|
|Recognised Issuing Body||TQUK - Training Qualifications UK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation.|
|Course Prerequisite||No, start at anytime|
|Course Qualification||Level 4 Certificate in Organic Plant Culture|
|Exam Required?||Finalised with an exam/test|
|UK Course Credits||10 Credits|
|US Course Credit Hours||3 Credit Hours|
|Study Support||You'll be allocated your own personal tutor/mentor who will support and mentor you throughout your whole course. Our tutors/mentors have been specifically chosen for their business expertise, qualifications and must be active within their industry. Tutors are contactable by e-mail, telephone and through our Moodle Student Support Zone online. Tutors are there to provide assistance with course material, discuss, explain and give advice and support throughout the whole programme. Their feedback is vital to your success.|
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