Vertical Farming and Gardening

Course CodeSGH11
Fee CodeSG
Duration (approx)20 hours
QualificationCertificate of Completion

Learn to grow plants in a Vertical Gardens or Vertical Farm

  • make small small more productive by growing on multiple levels
  • create small or large gardens or farms
  • grow crops for bigger harvests per square metre, or
  • grow amenity plants for more greenery (biomass) per square metre

Lesson Structure

There are 7 lessons in this course:

    • 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 wellbeing
    • Physical health
    • Environment
    • Food production
    • Reasons to create a green wall
    • Understanding biophobia
    • Health problems of biophobic design
    • Review what you have been learning
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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

Who is this course for?

  • Growers, farmers, gardeners
  • Interior plantscapers
  • Horticulture professionals or Amateur gardeners - anyone with a passion for vertical growing.
  • Hydroponic growers, Urban farms
  • People seeking greater food security - for self sufficiency, food security
  • Horticultural therapists, teachers, garden writers

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