Tom Cole

RHS Level 2: Plant Nutrition

Course Description

RHS Level 2: Plant Nutrition course look at the impact of plant nutrition on sustainability and climate change.

This course is the new syllabus and will be available to start subject to RHS accreditation in September 2022. Some lessons and tutors may change slightly depending on the course and filming structure.

We’ll explore the effect of soil and soil structure on plant growth, including the impact of climate change on soil.

You’ll learn about nutrients and elements for plant growth, along with soil based nutrition and soil pH impact.

We’ll also cover bulk constituents such as sand, peat, wool and grit and the environmental impact of using these in horticulture.

Course outline

  • Soil types and profiles

    We’ll learn how soil and soil structure impacts plant health and plant selection. You’ll also learn techniques to improve soil quality.

  • Role of nutrients

    In this lesson we’ll look at the function of plant nutrients, micronutrients, macronutrients, and elements needed for plant growth.

  • Soil based nutrition

    You’ll learn how nutrient cycles, soil micro-organisms, rhizosphere and natural fertiliser teas can be used for soil based nutrition for you plants. We’ll look at the sustainable use of fertilisers and best practices.

  • pH and nutrient availability

    This lesson looks at how soil pH impacts the uptake of plant nutrients and best practices for how to test and adjust pH.

  • Bulk constituents for growing media

    We’ll look at bulk constituents such as sand, coir, peat and wool and the plant growth and environmental impact of using bulk constituents.

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Meet Tom Cole

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Tom has been involved in land-based education since 1991. He was a lecturer at Capel Manor College, which culminated in becoming Head of Horticulture in 1997-2009. This role involved overseeing and leading a team based at 5 sites covering the London area. During 2009, Tom moved to Writtle University College as a Curriculum Manager, overseeing Further Education covering Agriculture, Countryside and Horticulture. During 2010 he became the Head of Faculty.

More recently, Tom has spent much time delivering RHS qualifications at Capel Manor College. He is an RHS Associate and speaker, qualification writer for Pearson/ BTEC and marks RHS Level 2 exams. Tom is also currently expanding a small, but perfectly formed soft landscape and maintenance business. Aside from teaching, he regularly broadcasts on BBC Radio Essex with Ken Crowther and contributes to various garden magazines.

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