Short Course on Vertical Farming and Gardening

Explore ways of growing plants in small spaces for amenity or as a crop. Vertical farming is a logical and effective way of growing vegetables, fruits and herbs in urban areas not only for personal needs, but also as a small commercial farm.

This course has been developed as a starting point for:

  • Home Gardeners seeking to grow their own food
  • Urban Farming start ups seeking to optimise the production from limited space
  • Interior and exterior landscapers, seeking to create greener, healthier spaces in residential, commercial and public places.

It is possible with a little know how and planning, to create a profitable urban farm. Walls of plants can be used to transform courtyards, building interiors and stark urban landscapes; improving air quality, reducing temperature extremes and enhancing human well-being in many other ways.

How does it work?

At the end of each lesson, you will be given a short interactive test to undertake, which will provide an indication of how your learning is progressing. Upon completing the very last lesson, you will be offered a more thorough automated test or examination. This final assessment can be undertaken at any time of day or night; and any day of the week; and if you achieve an overall pass (60% or more); you will be able to obtain a "certificate of completion" with your name and completion date on it.

Course Outline

There are 7 Lessons in this course:

NATURE AND SCOPE OF VERTICAL GROWING

  • Nature of vertical growing
  • Green walls
  • Green facades
  • Crop production
  • Scope of vertical growing
  • The uniqueness of vertical gardening
  • Where to grow
  • How to grow
  • Benefits of vertical gardening
  • Mental well-being
  • Physical health
  • Environment
  • Food production
  • Reasons to create a green wall
  • Understanding biophobia
  • Health problems of biophobic design
  • Review what you have been learning

BUILDING THE GREEN WALL

  • The living wall
  • Design and construction of green walls
  • Hydroponic systems
  • Loose media/substrate systems
  • Fixed media systems
  • Mat media
  • Sheet media
  • Customising
  • Waterproofing walls
  • Weight loading
  • Irrigation
  • Drainage
  • Lighting
  • Nutrition
  • Other design considerations
  • Green wall design
  • Design considerations

GREEN FACADES

  • The green façade
  • Options for creating green facades
  • Some techniques in detail
  • Climbing plants
  • Hanging baskets
  • Window boxes
  • Epiphytes
  • Espaliers
  • Growing plants on trellis
  • Hedges
  • Wall shrubs
  • Green facade preparation
  • More on epiphytes
  • Succulents in green walls

VERTICAL FOOD PRODUCTION

  • Making use of vertical crop growing
  • Hydroponics
  • Nft systems
  • Alternative layouts for vertical nft systems
  • Nft system choices
  • Aeroponics
  • Gravel and loose culture
  • Aquaponics
  • Mushroom farms
  • Upright systems
  • Growing in protective structures
  • Greenhouse hydroponics
  • Design considerations
  • Temperature
  • Relative humidity and vapour pressure deficit
  • CO2 and O2
  • Water
  • Plant nutrients
  • Control of the environment
  • Artificial lighting
  • Outdoor vertical food gardens
  • Growing cucurbits in vertical systems
  • Cultural methods

AUTOMATION

  • The need for automation
  • Automated systems
  • Irrigation and fertiliser
  • Automated irrigation systems for green walls
  • Fertigation of green walls
  • Monitoring vertical growing systems
  • Optimum air quality
  • Drone inspections
  • Cation exchange capacity
  • Measuring ec levels
  • Measuring ph levels
  • Automated irrigation of hydroponic green walls
  • Ph tests for hydroponics
  • Ec testing
  • Automatic ec and ph testing and control
  • Irrigation pumps

MAINTENANCE

  • The range of maintenance tasks
  • Inspection tasks
  • Maintenance tasks
  • Maintenance of plants
  • The nature of plants
  • Watering climbers
  • Feeding
  • Mulching
  • Pruning and rejuvenating plants
  • Maintaining plants in containers
  • Watering
  • Feeding
  • Re-potting
  • Maintenance of hanging baskets
  • Problems with containers
  • Maintenance of hard landscape components
  • Maintaining plant health
  • Symptoms and diagnosis
  • How to conduct an inspection
  • Symptoms of nutrient deficiency
  • Pests and diseases problems
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Duty of care
  • Risk assessment
  • Identifying hazards and risk
  • Example of a risk assessment procedure
  • Work place safety
  • Safety with tools and equipment
  • General safety rules
  • Maintaining vertical gardens and farms
  • Maintenance issues when retrofitting green walls
  • Avoiding problem materials which increase maintenance

PLANT SELECTION

  • Planting considerations
  • Plants for green walls
  • Plants for green facades
  • Climbers to grow on trellis
  • Wall shrubs
  • Plants for hanging baskets
  • Plants for window boxes
  • Plants for hedging
  • Plants for vertical farms
  • Growing strawberries in vertical farms
  • Organic of cultivation of strawberries in green wall containers
Vertical Gardening Short Course Online.

AUD:

$199.00

Explore ways of growing plants in small spaces for amenity or as a crop. Vertical farming is a logical and effective way of growing vegetables, fruits and herbs in urban areas not only for personal needs, but also as a small commercial farm. This course has been developed as a starting point for: Home Gardeners seeking to […]

Duration 20 hours
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Delivery Online
Includes Lessons, Quizzes, Final Test, Certificate

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Duration 20 hours
Enroll Anytime
Delivery Online
Includes Lessons, Quizzes, Final Test, Certificate