Horticulture training

This course will allow you to understand established methods of plant growing and how main stream horticulture deals with this eg. the pesticides, herbicides, fertilisers and general growing methods used, is of fundamental importance for a shift to organic growing.
To be truly informed, you need to know all the traditional and 'accepted' methods of plant growing as well as organic methods. This knowledge enables you to make informed and important decisions (for example) during farm conversion and understand what impact 'conventional' farming has on the land you farm, and on the health of the community and the ecology. At the very least it will enable you to understand, and convey to others, why you prefer organics as your chosen method of plant culture.

  1. Introduction to Plants - Taxonomy, plant families, pressing plants, basic botany.
  2. Plant Culture - Planting, potting, plant selection, pruning, irrigation, tools and machinery.
  3. Soils and Nutrition - Soil structure, chemistry, nutrition, potting media.
  4. Plant Identification and Use - Seed harvesting and storage, germination treatments, cuttings, etc.
  5. Pests, Diseases and Weeds - Identification and treatment (chemical and non-chemical)
  6. Hydroponics
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