Discover How To Grow All Sorts of Crops
This course is a comprehensive introduction to crop growing which covers a huge amount of ground. Learn about different types of crop systems, how to establish and nurture crops, and techniques used in traditional and organic growing systems.
Discover growing methods for a wide range of different types of crops from nursery plants and trees to nuts, vegetables, fruits and cut flowers.
See how soil is related to production yield and quality, how organic methods can be applied to any crop and which types of systems are better suited to particular crops.
It is a course of exceptional value to anyone interested in growing food plants.
What you can expect
Gain skills and knowledge necessary to grow and sell many different crops.
Study in your time and at your own pace.
Friendly, expert tutors.
"Provides a thorough knowledge framework in outdoor production of outdoor plants".
Learn about site & crop selection, soil management, cut flowers, vegetables, berries, nuts, herbs, tree fruits, other crops, managing a market garden and more.
This course has ten lessons.
- Crop Production Systems
- Organic Crop Production
- Soils and Nutrition
- Nursery Stock Production
- Tree Fruit Production
- Soft Fruits Production
- Vegetable Production
- Cut Flower Production
- Herbs, Nuts and Miscellaneous Crops
- Crop Production Risk Assessment
- Explain different cropping systems and their appropriate application for the production of different types of crops.
- Evaluate and explain organic plant production, and the requirements in at least two different countries, to achieve organic certification.
- Explain the function of soils and plant nutrition in outdoor cropping systems.
- Describe the commercial production of a range of nursery stock.
- Describe the commercial production of a range of tree fruit crops.
- Explain the techniques used to produce a range of soft fruits.
- Explain the techniques used to grow a range of vegetables.
- Explain the commercial production of outdoor-grown cut flowers.
- Describe commercial production of herbs, nuts and other miscellaneous crops.
- Identify the risks that may occur in outdoor crop production.
DURATION: 100 hours
How are Crops Grown Outside
There is many different ways (systems) for crop production. These systems vary in how they are managed and the plants they are used to grow; from place to place. Some crops are grown in a number of different systems in a locality; while others, tends to be grown using variations of the same type of system.
Common types of crop growing systems include:
Broad Acre Cropping
This involves crops being grown in large paddocks, as a monoculture. The intention is that the crop variety being grown across the area is one variety.
By doing this, it becomes possible to do everything you need to do on a large scale. The same harvesting equipment, fertilizing programs and anything else, can apply to dozens of acres at the same time; which can create efficiencies of scale. It can also create vulnerabilities of scale too though. This is used for some vegetable, as well as oil, fibre and grain crops
This is common practice for growing many vegetables, herbs or cut flowers. It is similar to broad acre farming, but often on a smaller scale, with plants grown in long raised beds.
This involves growing plants without soil; often in beds filled with an inert material like gravel or channels. Hydroponics is more common inside greenhouses, where annual rainfall may interfere with managed nutrient solutions; but in drier climates, it can often be a good choice for growing produce; because it can make more efficient use of water.
It is an intensive system most commonly used to grow leafy vegetables, tomatoes and strawberries. Can be used to grow many other crops including cut flowers and root vegetables.
This is most commonly used to produce nursery stock outdoors; but in cold climates, large containers are sometimes used to grow plants that can be placed outside in summer, and moved under cover in winter. Citrus for instance, have been grown this way in England, France and other places for hundreds of years.
This is used to support and train deciduous and vine fruits.
Hedging is sometimes used for tree and berry fruits.It is also used for growing nursery stock plants (to provide cutting propagation material).
This course is relevant to any type of growing system, mentioned above, or anything else.
Comment from a graduate of this course:
"I’ve been really happy with the course, and the tutors and feedback that I have had. I will be willing to recommend the course to any of my friends and colleagues."
Opportunities After Study
This course can be used as part of a larger qualification or studied by itself. It will be of benefit to people who wish to start up a market garden business or for those wishing to gain employment in farming enterprises. It is suited to:
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