Plant and Soil Science for Gardeners

Ref: C3679652

This online course is a light and easy introduction to plant and soil science. It aims to introduce you to the world under your feet and how soils affect plant growth. We will then go on to look at plants and how they function, equiping the gardener or potential gardener with the knowledge to grow fantastic plants. Some of the topics we will be exploring are; what is soil, soil testing, types of soil, changes you can make to soil to encourage good growth in plants, parts of a plant and their function, reproduction in plants, what plants need from the soil and many more topics. The course is aimed at people with little to intermediate knowledge of plant and soil science and will include many fun activities to keep students active.

Course aim

This course aims to introduce students to the wonders of plant and soil science. A basic knowledge of soils and plants is essential for gardeners and those interested in gardening.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify the different soil types and their main characteristics
  • State the importance of soils to plant growth and development
  • Identify the parts of a plant and state their function
  • List the different types of plant and their reproductive cycle
  • Evaluate growing conditions for a range of plants

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

No further resources or information needed.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Plant and Soil Science for Gardeners

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As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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