Organic Plant Culture BHT302

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An Outstanding and Extensive Foundation Course. Globally focused and regularly revised byexperts from Australia and the UK. 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.

Learn to plan and develop the cultivation of different plants using organic principles and techniques.

Course Content The ten lessons are as follows:
  1. Introduction - Gardening styles, basic organic procedures, etc.
  2. Plant Culture
  3. Understanding Soils
  4. Fertilizers and Plant Nutrition
  5. Soil Management
  6. Pests & Diseases
  7. Mulching
  8. Seeds - Col…

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An Outstanding and Extensive Foundation Course. Globally focused and regularly revised byexperts from Australia and the UK. 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.

Learn to plan and develop the cultivation of different plants using organic principles and techniques.

Course Content The ten lessons are as follows:
  1. Introduction - Gardening styles, basic organic procedures, etc.
  2. Plant Culture
  3. Understanding Soils
  4. Fertilizers and Plant Nutrition
  5. Soil Management
  6. Pests & Diseases
  7. Mulching
  8. Seeds - Collecting, storing & sowing
  9. Vegetable Growing in your locality
  10. Fruit Growing in your locality
Learning Outcomes
  • 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
What You Will Do In This Course Here are just some of the things you may be doing:

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 howdifferent 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: *Quarantine *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: *A vegetable *A fruit *A berry.

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