You will discover what it means to “go organic” in the context of gardening and what the benefits of this are, both to your health and the environment. Armed with practical advice and information you will learn how to create your own organic garden. Each stage of the process is explained: choosing the right patch, understanding the ideal conditions for growth, choosing what to grow, creating and using a gardening map, and practicing proper crop rotation.
Soil! You’ll discover everything you need to know about soil - learning what is the most suitable for your garden by testing its type, pH level and nutrient value and understanding the importance of proper drainage. The quality of your soil can be enhanced using various types of organic matter. The course provides instructions on how to create various homemade fertilisers from household waste and items you may already have in your cupboards.
For a successful crop, you need to consider the various stages of planting your organic garden. The Organic Gardening Diploma Course guides you through the proper methods of preparing a garden bed and sowing seeds. If you’d prefer a head-start, the options for buying plants are discussed, including where to source them from.
There is plenty of choice when deciding what to plant in your organic garden. To give you a better understanding of what is involved with cultivating various plants, the course talks you through the main categories of plant and what is required to grow them successfully. You will learn how to nurture the growth of vegetables, herbs, berries, fruits, nuts, and landscape plants.
Every gardener has two natural enemies: weeds and pests. The Organic Gardening Diploma Course teaches you how to deal with both organically. You’ll learn about weeds and why they pose a problem and the various methods of getting rid of them, such as hand weeding, hoeing, mulching, solarizing, flaming and organic herbicide. There is also a rundown of the various types of weeding tools available to you.
As for pests, you’ll learn about the different kinds that may infest your garden. You’ll explore preventative options and learn how to deal with those already present in your garden. However, not all insects and invertebrates are pests. Some are beneficial to your garden; this course will teach you the difference.
Weeds and pests aside, there are even more threats to your garden that this course will make you aware of and show you how to deal with. Through studying the Organic Gardening Diploma Course, you’ll learn how to spot, control and prevent various plant diseases and deter animal intruders humanely..
Once your organic garden is established it is important to maintain it properly. You’ll learn about correct watering techniques and the equipment you can use to ensure your garden gets the right amount of water. You’ll explore maintenance tool options for various garden types and what your weekly gardening routine should involve.
The Organic Gardening Diploma Course runs through each of the four seasons and provides guidance on what you should be doing in each to maintain your garden’s health.
Outcome / Qualification etc.
The Organic Gardening Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.
Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.
Upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £15).
ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high-quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries.
This course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme.
Training Course Content
Module 1: Going Organic
Module 2: Planning Your Organic Garden
Module 3: Soil
Module 4: Preparing a Bed
Module 5: Plants to Choose for your Organic Garden
Module 6: Weed Control
Module 7: Battling with Pests
Module 8: Other Threats to Your Organic Garden
Module 9: Watering
Module 10: Homemade Goodness
Module 11: Maintaining Your Organic Garden
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