Hydroponics is the art of cultivating plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water without soil. Plants are grown in an inert growing medium and perfectly with balance. Roots received there nutrients in a highly soluble form of pH adjusted solution thus, plants take food with less effort compared to soil wherein they have to search for nutrients. Plants that grow in hydroponics grow faster and healthier. Since there are no soil, these means that there will be no weeds and soil born pests. In hydroponically grown plants their roots stay smaller which allows plants to focus on their growth energy and space.
- Describe different approaches to cultural operations
- Demonstrate an awareness of similarities and differences between organic and hydroponic production techniques
- Describe how to plan a hydroponic operation through site and crop selection, matching a specific crop, materials, resources and services required, and site layout; for different specific crops.
- Discuss system design components such as pumps, grow beds, solution tanks, media and pipes in terms of size, type, and options for different cultures and specific crops.
- Provide details of how to manage a hydroponic system in hot, humid conditions such as in tropical or subtropical areas, or in summer, in temperate areas, for specific crops.
- Explain options for water management such as water sources, quality, testing, treatments, and use in recirculating and non recirculating systems.
- Recommend awareness of natural and other methods of pest and disease control such as biological controls, as part of IPM and nutrient and pH manipulation for different pests and diseases.
- Explain and recommend different standards of nutrient formulation, and advanced methods of detecting toxicities and deficiencies in specific crops.
- Recommend methods to control nutrient level concentrations by taking EC, pH and temperature measurements, and maintaining nutrient levels for different specific crops.
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Detailed Course Outline
This course is made up of a number of lessons or units. Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online. Click below to read about each of the lessons and what you will learn.
There are 8 Lessons in this course:
Options for Managing Plant Culture
- different approaches to cultural operations in hydroponics
- Organics vs. hydroponics:Nutrient differences in food products
- Is hydroponic food more or less healthy than organic?
- How feasible is organic hydroponics?
Planning a Hydroponic Operation
- site and crop selection
- matching a system with a crop, materials, resources & services required.
System Design Components
- pumps, hardware, media, pipes, size, type, and so forth
- Components for different types of culture.
Managing a Hydroponic System in Hot, Humid Conditions
- tropical, subtropical climates
- greenhouse environments
- summer in temperate areas.
- water quality measures
- purifying water
- water in recirculating and run-to-waste systems.
- standard formulations
- detecting toxicities & deficiencies.
Controlling Nutrient Levels
- using EC and pH measures of concentration levels
- solution temperatures
- maintaining nutrient levels.
Pest and Disease Management
- nutrient and pH manipulation for control of pests & diseases
- integrated pest management
- common pests and diseases.
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Barbara Tremain BSc. (Hons) Horticulture, RHS Adv. Cert,. RHS General, City & Guilds Garden Design, Permaculture Level 3 (UK)
Barbara brings to Careerline a wide range of horticultural experience and knowledge Barbara has a keen interest in herbalism, edible wild plants and has lead into studies of many plant based complementary medicinal systems, qualification as a Bach Flower remedy practitioner and studying Ethnobotany. Barbara has practiced and studied horticulture as well as combining it with her love of travel in many countries including the UK, US and Australia and has also studied Permaculture and runs her own horticulture business. Within the past two years she have also worked for Groundwork SW with 18-24 year old unemployed people, this work and the mentoring scheme has allowed me to teach informally. It has been a delight to nurture the interests of keen learners in horticulture and garden design. Meanwhile the business has covered a variety of Garden Design projects, from wildflower gardens to seaside situations, and has included some work with Chelsea Gold multi-winner John Moreland.
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