Introduction to Science for Gardeners
This is an introductory course aimed at keen gardeners who wish to have a better understanding of the science that underpins the making of a successful garden, plus it could be a first step for graduates considering a career in horticulture.
The following topics will be covered:
Understanding the soil structure, composition and basic chemistry is a key component when deciding on the most appropriate plants for your garden. Keeping the soil in good condition is paramount to maintaining a healthy, productive garden. We will cover these points in some detail.
It takes many generations of a plant species to adapt to new conditions, and many never do survive such changes! But understanding the conditions in which specific plants thrive, helps gardeners to select the most appropriate plants for their garden. Your garden may be particularly dry or particularly wet, it may suffer the effects of salt spray in windy weather, or it may be cast in shade for much of the day – there are always plants that have adapted over time to suit these specific environmental conditions. We will take a look at some of these adaptations so that you can understand what makes one plant do well whilst another quickly dies off.
We will look at a number of methods for propagating plants, and consider the science behind why these different methods need to be specifically matched to plant type.
Your plants are constantly being challenged by diseases – mostly fungal, but also bacterial and viral diseases. We give a basic overview of the topic of plant pathology, we consider means of breaking disease cycles, and we cover an introduction to the science behind disease resistance and companion planting.
Please contact us if you are interested in this course.