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GREENHOUSE MANAGEMENT BHT257

Duration (approx) 100 hours
Qualification Statement of Attainment

Learn About Effective Greenhouse Management

Effective greenhouse management requires selection of the right type of greenhouse, correct siting, and precise control of the greenhouse environment.

In this course you will learn about efficient greenhouse climate control, disease and pest control, irrigation, fertilisation, lighting, greenhouse automation systems, and robotic applications. 

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COURSE STRUCTURE AND CONTENT

There are nine lessons in this course:

 1. Types of Greenhouses

  • Greenhouse Designs for Commercial Nursery Production
  • Greenhouse Construction Methods and Materials
  • What Type of Greenhouse is Appropriate for Your Nursery?
  • Siting Greenhouses
  • Greenhouse Benching
  • What Can You Grow?
  • Environmental Control in Greenhouses
  • Computerised Environmental Control

2. Growing Systems and Equipment

  • How to Grow Plants
  • Measuring Conditions Inside a Greenhouse
  • Environmental Control Systems
  • Getting Plants to Flower Out of Season

3. Pest and Disease Management in Greenhouses

  • How to Stop Pests and Diseases Entering the Greenhouse
  • Detecting and Controlling Pests and Diseases in the Greenhouse
  • Common Greenhouse Diseases
  • Disease Control

4. Temperature Management 

  • Temperature Control in a Greenhouse
  • Heating Systems
  • Ventilation Systems

5. Water Management 

  • Greenhouse Irrigation
  • Soil and Water
  • When to Irrigate
  • The Nursery Irrigation Program
  • Plants and Water
  • Equipment and Methods
  •  Maintenance of Watering Systems

 6. Nutrition Management 

  • Irrigation and Nutrition Control
  • Liquid Feed Systems

7. Managing Light

  • Importance of Lighting in a Greenhouse
  • Artificial Lighting
  • Measuring Light
  • Controlling Light in the Greenhouse
  • Photoperiod Manipulation
  • Growth Rooms
  •  Efficient Lighting Control

8. Managing Gasses 

  • Carbon Dioxide Enrichment
  • Pollutant Gases
  •  Temperature Control Systems (Ventilation)

9. Automation and Robotic Applications for Greenhouse Production

  • Automation in Vegetable Nurseries

LESSON AIMS

  • Compare different types of greenhouses to better match the plants to be grown inside the greenhouse to be built.
  • Explain the equipment and measuring devices (manual and automated) used inside a greenhouse to help grow plants more effectively.
  •  Explain options for reducing the impact of pests and diseases on plants grown inside greenhouses.
  •  Detect and control the temperature within an optimal growing range for plants being grown in a greenhouse.
  •  Control water in a greenhouse, including irrigation and humidity.
  •  Control nutrient levels in a greenhouse at optimal levels for plant growth and health.
  •  Explain how light levels can be maintained in a greenhouse for optimal plant production.
  •  Explain how to best manage the air characteristics inside a greenhouse.
  •  Explain how greenhouse production can be automated.

 

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Meet some of our academics

Jacinda Cole (Horticulturist)Landscaper, Horticulturist, Psychologist, Builder, Garden Writer. Studied construction and surveying at Bristol Polytec, B.Sc. at University of Northumbria (1988) and Psychology in Australia. She completed a Cert.Garden Design in 95. In the mid 1990's she worked as Landscape Manager and Garden Designer for the Chelsea Gardener in London and in 97 commenced her own business as a garden designer; operating at first in London, then in Australia. She has worked for ACS as a tutor, course counsellor and writer since 2001, alongside her own freelance work as a horticultural consultant and writer. Jacinda has co authored many books and written hundreds of articles published in gardening magazines including Home Grown, Your Backyard and Garden Guide.
Marie Beerman B.Sc.,M.Hort.Marie has been involved in horticulture since 2003. She completed a Masters degree in Horticulture at Hannover University in Germany in 2007, and has worked with ACS since 2011 She has co-authored of several ebooks including one on Roses and has a very sound knowledge and experience with horticultural science and research ranging from plant taxonomy and plant breeding to pest, disease and soil management.,
John Mason (Horticulturist)Horticulturist, Nurseryman, Landscaper, Garden Writer, Parks Manager and Consultant. Over 45 years experience; working in Australia and the UK. He is one of the most widely published garden writers in the world; author of more than 100 books and editor for 4 different gardening magazines. John has been recognised by his peers being made a fellow of the Institute of Horticulture in the UK, as well as by the Australian Institute of Horticulture.


Check out our eBooks

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Starting a Nursery or Herb FarmIt's often amazing how much can be produced, and the profit that can be made from a few hundred square meters of land. To work efficiently and profitably, a nursery or herb farm must be both well organised and properly managed. As with any business, it is essential to be confident enough to make firm decisions as and when needed. This e-book is your ticket to a fragrant future.
Commercial HydroponicsThe Commercial Hydroponics ebook is ideal for students, professional horticulturalists and those who want to build a strong foundation knowledge in hydroponics. The commercial hydroponics ebook explains how to set up a commercial hydroponics system, including growing techniques and equipment that you will need. The topics covered in this book include an introduction to hydroponics, site considerations, alternatives, plant nutrition, nutrient film technique culture, rockwool culture, aggregate culture, other techniques, hydroponics equipment, greenhouse operation, plant culture in hydroponics, Vegetable crops, berry and other fruit crops, flower crops, other crops, managing a commercial hydroponic farm and a troubleshooting guide.