1. Physical & Chemical Properties Of Soils
-How soil develops naturally
-The main rock forming minerals
-Types of rock
-Water and air
-Cation exchange capacity
-Diagnosis of nutritional problems
-14 day Method
-Worm Digester Method
-The finished product
2. Soil Testing Methods
-Naming the soil
-Checklists for sampling soil
-Common soil tests
-Methods for measuring:
Organic matter contents of soil
Water contents of soil
Solubility of fertilisers
-Testing the effects of lime in soil
-Laboratory testing of soil
-Sampling in greenhouses
-Bulk densities of soils and potting mixes
-Checking the drainage rate of potting mixes
-Understanding soil analysis, including when, what and how to test
3. Sustainable Soil Management
-What is organic growing
-The use of organic principles to help overcome soil problems
-Natural plant nutrition:
-A quick guide on nutrient deficiencies in plants
Factors affecting fertiliser application
Application of liquid fertilisers
Mineral rock fertilisers and soil conditioners
4. Soils & Managing Earthworks
-Improving drainage after construction
-Points to remember when designing a drainage system
5. Land Degradation & Other Soil Problems
-What can go wrong, including:
Rubbish and soils
Dogs or cats urinating
Gardening in dry areas
-A few hints with planting
-Physical plant protection methods
6. Soil Science & Health
-Soil colour,pH, porosity, texture, consistence and its effects on plant growth
-Soil profile, classification and description
-Factors of soil formation
-Weathering processes of soil formation
7. Soil Management
-The use of legumes
-Soil management in orchards
-Soil management in market gardens
-Determining the kind and quantity of fertilisers to use
-Planning a vegetable growth site
-Soil management for vegetables
Explain soil physical and chemical properties and processes including forms of soil nitrogen and nitrogen cycles in soil, soil humus, texture, soil water, and pH.
Explain the principles and procedures of soil testing in domestic and professional situations
Discuss principles of sustainable soil management
Explain soil fertility and the practical development of natural soil fertility
Explain earthworks management
Explain land and soil degradation processes; and the prevention or amelioration of land degradation
What You Will Do
Identify evaluate soil structural problems in the field
Build a compost heap and monitor its decomposition process
Perform simple experiments to evaluate fertilisation rates and methods
Define and describe soil properties and processes
Perform simple tests and field analyses on soil
Identify nutrient deficiencies
Evaluate the attributes of various mulches
Analyse the impacts of earthworks and earth working machinery on soil and landscape
Analyse the effects of different soil management methods.
Identify soil and land degradation
Propagate and grow plants in containers
Identify and evaluate soil degradation minimisation programs and methods
REASONS TO STUDY WITH ACS DISTANCE EDUCATION
-teaching Horticulture since 1979
-exceptional faculty staff (see below)
- Hands on: develop practical as well as theoretical skills
-successful people are always those who can offer a skill or service that others can't
-this course is different; our graduates have different skills to set them apart.
- Relevance -curriculum developed in response to industry needs
- Lots of help: personal, prompt attention from tutors
- Holistic Courses: We teach more than just "facts"
-success is only 20% about intelligence (and what you know)
-you also need to build networking, problem solving & communication skills, and more!
-this course helps you develop all of these things and more
- Value: courses compare very favorably on a cost per study hour basis
- Up to date: courses under constant review
- Student amenities: This school is backed by over one of the most unique and comprehensive private collections of intellectual property in the horticultural industry. The principal and staff have written and published over 50 books and 150 gardening magazines, as well as 20,000 hours horticultural study programs. A team of 5 horticultural writers continue to develop and update new material continually. These resources together with web sites, an online student room, social media etc. provide a unique and comprehensive facility to support students studying with the school.
These are just some of the people involved with developing and updating courses; and tutoring our horticulture students
John Mason Dip.Hort.Sc.
40 years + in horticulture Graduated from Burnley Horticultural College in 1971,Nurseryman, Landscape Designer and Parks Director through the 1970's. One of Australia's most published garden writers, author of books published by Simon and Schuster, Harper Collins, CSIRO and other major publishers; Editor for 4 different national gardening magazines; honored as a fellow of both the Institute of Horticulture in Australia and the Institute of Horticulture in the UK.
Gavin Cole B.Sc., M.Psych.
30 years + in horticulture. Renowned horticulturist and psychologist. Former operations manager for the highly regarded "Chelsea Gardener" landscape firm in London, garden writer and landscaper in both Brisbane and Adelaide in Australia.
40 years + in horticulture. Former education manager for "Garden Organic"; England's peak organic gardening and farming body.
Dr Lyn Morgan Phd
25 years + in horticulture. New Zealand based hydroponic consultant and author, with experience working everywhere from Asia to America.
Rosemary Davies Dip.Hort.Sc.
30 years + in horticulture; including Victorian Department of Agriculture Gradening Advisor, Gardening Editor/writer/author for major publishers and newspapers.
Diana Cole B,A., RHS Dip Hort, NTEC Higher Dip in Garden Design
15 years + in horticulture and landscaping
Adriana Fraser Adv.Dip.Hort.
30 years + in horticulture. Consultant, teacher, garden write, manager of plant collections
Bob James B.App.Sc(Hort), M. Env.Sc., Grad.Dip.Mgt., PDC, Dip.An.Husb.
Yvonne Sharpe Dip.Hort., M.Hort.
Martin Powdrill B.Sc(Hons), M.Sc. PDC
Marie Beerman B.Sc., M.Hort.