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Course Title: Organic Vegetable Growing VHT241

Organic Vegetable Growing VHT241

Horticulture Course
Price:£325 Qualification: Certificate

Successfully farm organic vegetables! The demand for organically grown vegetables is currently a major growth area in commercial horticulture. This course is a good starting point in learning all aspects of organic vegetable production.

Course Structure for Organic Vegetable Growing VHT241

  1. Introduction- The origins of organic farming, and the certification process involved with organic production. Understand the scientific naming system of plants in this lesson to develop a knowing of where plant names come from
  2. Cultivation and Planting- Understand the role of organic growing in vegetable production and different methods for this
  3. Soils and Nutrition- Understand the physical and chemical properties of soils and how they affect plant growth
  4. Soil Management- Compost, green manure crops, and the basis of all plant health
  5. Review of Major Vegetable Varieties- A-Z of common vegetable varieties and their growing requirements
  6. Pests and Disease-Undertanding pest and disease problems, Intergrated Pest Management system and common pest solutions the organic way
  7. Seed- How to collect, and germinate your own seeds
  8. Greenhouse Growing- The various methods of growing in greenhouses and how to manage them
  9. Lesser Grown Varieties and Herbs- Have a look at some of the herbs you can grow and also some of the vegetables that are not grown as often but are still useful.
  10. Irrigation- Types of irrigation and the methods of use
  11. Mulching- Types of mulch and the benefits of using it
  12. Harvesting and Marketing- Different methods for harvesting, storing and marketing your fresh organic produce

Aims of Organic Vegetable Growing VHT241

  • Discuss general horticulture and plant taxonomy principles
  • Describe a range of cultivation and planting techniques
  • Explain soil properties, and their relationship to organic plant production
  • Diagnose basic soil nutrient deficiencies
  • Discus major and minor commercial vegetable varieties
  • Describe a variety of pest and disease management principles
  • Explain the use of seed in commercial organic agriculture, including storage, viability, germination, genetic purity, and hybridisation
  • Discuss the principles of greenhouse growing
  • Describe a variety of irrigation methods suitable for organic vegetable production
  • Explain organic weed control methods
  • Explain issues relating to harvesting and marketing of vegetables

What you will be doing during Organic Vegetable Growing VHT241

  • Compile reference lists of vegetable varieties, industry contacts, organic fertilisers and pest control products, etc.
  • Evaluate the merits and deficiencies of agricultural equipment and products
  • Build a no-dig garden and monitor its progress
  • Classify soils
  • Evaluate the role of soil organisms
  • Identify nutrient deficiencies such as nitrogen deficiency
  • Build composts
  • Evaluate seed sources and plant varieties
  • Perform sowing and germination trials
  • Evaluate the merits and deficiencies of greenhouse growing
  • Evaluate the principles of irrigation
  • Perform mulching trials
  • Evaluate pricing, packaging and presentation of retail vegetables

Price and Enrolment

Price: £340
Qualification: Certificate
Estimated Course Duration: 100 hours
Available Learning Methods: Online, USB (+£5) and Correspondence (+£35)
Enrolment Dates: Our courses are self-paced and you can start at anytime

Enrol today and develop the skills you need to become a successful Organic Vegetable Farmer

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