Practical Permaculture Gardening in the Community
Level 0 (CQFW Level 3), 10 Credits.
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Learn how to grow food using permaculture and organic food growing techniques. Course includes: seed sowing, transplanting, potting on, natural soil management, natural pest management, weed management and more.
Topics to be covered include:
- What is a seed?
- Understanding germination
- Aids to germination: understanding seed compost, damping off, optimum watering for germination, optimum germination temperatures for different plant species
- Different seeds – why different depths?
- Practical: Making your own seed compost
- Practical: sowing activity in pots, modules & trays
- Soil – what is it?
- Understanding the soil ecosystem & soil food chain
- Aerobic / Anaerobic bacteria cycle
- The importance of mycorrhiza and its role in the soil ecosystem
- No dig systems – sheet mulching
- Practical: sheet mulching
- Practical: composting
- Understanding transplanting seedlings: why prick out / pot on?
- Constituents of potting compost
- Practical: Make your own potting compost
- Practical: potting on session
- Practical: outdoor sowing direct in drills, patches & single seeds
- Self seeders: in situ self seeding, easy germinators, using your own self seeding plants for salad cress
- Weeds: using weeds for fertiliser, fodder & forage
- Weed control techniques
- Practical: make a weed liquid fertiliser
- Perennial food plants
- Practical: propagation techniques cuttings, layering
- Integrated Pest Management
- Natural Pest Management
- Rotating your veg groups
- Planning a food garden: best places for different plants
- Practical: Creating predator friendly habitats
- Our vegetables: origins of our common fruits & vegetables
- Seasonal fruits & vegetables
- Growing for winter:
- hardy species
- storing fruits & vegetables
- preserving fruits & vegetables
- Practical: transplanting or preserving techniques
Who is this course for?
It’s suitable for those who are just starting out and also for those who are experienced gardeners but curious about learning some new food growing techniques.
Learning and Teaching
The course is a mixture of hands on practical sessions and the theory which lies behind the practice. Theory sessions will consist mostly of short talks with PowerPoint presentations.
Coursework and Assessment
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.
The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.
To be provided by the tutor, as necessary.
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on
(029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.
A range of further information can be found on our web site www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.