Make Your Own Plants
You will learn to identify a number of wild and cultivated plants. Basic plant theory will help you understand the relationships between them and how this knowledge can be useful in gardening and ecology. We will go through the theory and practice of several propagation techniques that can help you save money and produce healthy and productive plants.
Introduce the basic principles of plant identification and techniques for growing plants from seeds, cuttings and other methods Develop skills and knowledge to identify and propagate plants
Who is the course for?
What topics will this course cover
The course will be taught as a mixture of walks, classroom sessions and home-based activities. Life cycles and growth forms of plants Identifying plants by their different parts in the field and by collecting specimen. Plant classification and taxonomy, and how they can help us with identifying and propagating plants. Resources for plant identification Starting and saving seeds Practical propagation: cuttings, layering, root division Introduction to grafting and budding
What will it be like?
WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.
By the end of the course I should be able to:
1. Explain the basic life cycle of plants and some of its variations 2. Name the major parts of plants in their various growth forms 3. Identify common local plants using characteristics of different plant parts 4. Carry out propagation techniques – simple cuttings and layering, root division, seed saving and starting 5. Explain how to graft and bud plants, and find resources to develop those skills
How will I know I'm making progress?
There is no formal assessment during this course. Progress will be checked by observing practical activities, through question and answer sessions, quizzes and other methods. Tutor feedback will be given throughout the course.
What else do I need to know, do or bring?
Reading and information sources
A comprehensive book on propagation is “RHS Propagating Plants”. Recommended plant identification guides are the Collins Field Guides.
What could the course lead to?
The skills and knowledge gained during the course can be used in the home, at work or in the local community, and there are a lot of resources available to study the subject further, including books, magazines, films, websites and real-life projects. Further understanding of the ecological and design principles underlying this course can be gained through the Permaculture Design Course offered by the WEA.