SOIL MANAGEMENT – HORTICULTURE – Distance Learning Course

By: ACS Distance Education  02/08/2013
Keywords: Distance learning, correspondence courses, distance education

Learn more about soil management, properties of soil, tissue analysis, soil health etc. There are 8 lessons in this course: Physical and Chemical Properties of Soils How soils develop The main rock forming minerals: silicates, carbonates, oxides and sulphates Types of rock: igneous, sedimentary, metamorphic Denitrification, immobilisation, mineralisation and ammonium fixation Understanding soil function: plant nutrition, support, water and air supply Naming a soil Improving soils for plant culture Organic matter Plant nutrition Nutrient availability and pH Cation exchange capacity Conductivity Salinity build up The nutrient elements Major elements and minor elements Total salts Diagnosing nutrient problems Fertilisers Composting Soil and Plant Tissue Test Methods Soil sampling Common soil tests: pH, texture, structure, etc Tissue analysis Different methods od measuring pH Water content of soil Fertiliser solubility Testing the effect of lime Laboratory testing of soils Measuring salinity Colorimeters Bulk density Understanding soil analysis Deciding when and how to test Soil Science and Health Organic carbon Available phosphorus Soil colour Texture and its affect on plant growth Structure and its affect on plant growth Consistence: affect on plant growth Depth of profile, pH, porosity and other things affecting plant growth Soil classification and description: different horizons Factors affecting soil formation: parent material, climate, ecosystem, etc Weathering processes in soil formation: physical, chemical, geochemical Pedochemical weathering Container Growing Introduction What to grow Problems with containers Care of containers Comparing materials: plastics, terracotta, fibreglass, etc Aesthetics of containers Potting up Potting mixes Ideas for container gardens History of potting mxes UC mixes Soilless mixes Testing for toxins in potting media Propagating media Problems with Organic materials in media Coir Rockwool Components of potting media Cleanliness with soils and potting media Hydroponics Land Degradation and Other Soil Problems Chemical damage to soil Builders rubbish in soils Salinity Dogs or cats urinating Growing plants in dry areas Soil degradation Erosion Salinity Acidification Compaction Chemical residues Soil Management Applications Aims of soil management Soil management in orchards Fertilizer application Soil covers Soil management for Vegetables Organic Techniques and Soil Management What is organic growing Organic principles for overcoming soil problems Natural plant nutrition Trace elements Earthworms Types of mulch and its use Nutrition managementin a plant nursery Applying liquid fertilizers Organic fertilizers Natural fertilizers Mineral rock fertilizers and soil conditioners Apatite phosphate rock Dolamite Gypsum Soil management in market gardens Crop rotation Determining kind and quantity of fertilizer to use Cover crops Soils and Managing Earthworks Eath forming Machinery Creating mounds Sources of "fill" Drainage Improving drainage Improving surface drainage after construction Designing a drainage system Improving permeability during construction Layout of drains Types of drains Find out more at http://www.acsedu.co.uk/Courses/General-Horticulture/SOIL-MANAGEMENT-HORTICULTURE-BHT105-92.aspx Or email us at [email protected] for more information

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