Plant Nutrition & the Root Environment
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- After you buy, you can start the course whenever you're ready
- You'll have 6 weeks to complete 6 lessons, study at your own pace
- You'll likely need 2 1/2 hours per lesson, but you can study whenever it suits you
- You'll get expert critique from your tutor Hilary Thomas (you'll be able to ask them questions too)
- We'll pair you up with a group of like-minded classmates from around the world
- You'll have access to the classroom, content and your classmates for life
- You'll also gain certification
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About the course▲ TOP
This course, Plant Nutrition and the root environment is Unit 2 of Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development. It is the second unit (of eight) of your RHS Level 2 Examination preparation.
If you wish to gain this RHS qualification you will need to study all 8 Units for both certificates with MyGardenSchool. Each unit is then assessed by a separate written examination set by the RHS. You need to apply to the RHS to take the examinations at an approved centre. All the required information together with a list of approved centres is on the RHS website www.rhs.org.uk/education-learning.
You will be given the opportunity to try sample examination questions during your MyGardenSchool course which your tutors will help you through.
Lesson Plan▲ TOP
Each lesson starts with a 30 minute video from your expert tutor, which you can watch whenever you like.
After each lesson, practice what you’ve learned with an assignment and receive personalised feedback from your tutor. Each of which should take no longer than 2 hours.
- 1. Soil formation and the composition of the soil
Soil formation and the composition of the soil: In this lesson you will learn about the functions of the soil and how it has to provide every-thing that the plant needs in the way of support, plant nutrients, water and oxygen. We will then look at how soil is actually formed and what makes it a clay or sandy soil and how the addition of organic matter can improve any soil type.
- 2. The role of water in the soil & irrigation
The role of water in the soil and methods of irrigation: For healthy growth a plant requires a constant supply of water and nutrients which it takes up from the soil through its roots. In this lesson we will look at how soil structure affects the water holding capacity and the different methods that can be used to irrigate once the soil becomes dry
- 3. Soil improvement and management
Methods of soil improvement and management: In this lesson we will look at the different methods of soil cultivation such as digging and rotavating and how they affect soil structure. The importance of organic matter in improv-ing soil structure and ‘the no dig method’ and growing plants in raised beds will also be considered.
- 4. Organic matter and its importance in the soil
Organic matter and its importance in the soil: Living organisms in the soil contribute to the decomposition of organic matter and the for-mation of humus, but other organisms such as earthworms also have a beneficial effect on soil structure by creating a network of interconnecting tunnels that improve aeration and water movement
- 5. Nutrients and fertilisers
The role of nutrients in the plant and the use of fertilisers: In this lesson we will look at the role of the major and minor nutrients in the plant and how they can be supplemented through the use of organic and inorganic fertilisers. We will also consider how soil pH affects plant growth and the range of plants that have specific pH requirements
- 6. Composts or growing media
Growing media and how to grow plants in containers: In this last lesson we will look at the various composts and growing media that are available to the gardener and how to grow plants successfully in containers. We will also consider how crops such as tomatoes and cucumbers are grown commercially using a system called hydroponics