Vertical Farming and Gardening

Learn to create vertical gardens and farms - small or large - to grow crops or decorative plants in small spaces

Course Code: SGH11
Fee Code: SG
Duration (approx) Duration (approx) 20 hours
Qualification Certificate of Completion
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Learn to create vertical gardens and farms - small or large - to grow crops or decorative plants.

  • Learn about growing plants in vertical spaces.
  • Learn about different crops that can be grown where space is at a premium.
  • Understand the benefits of green walls - for health and well-being.
  • Learn about developing green façades.
  • Develop your knowledge and importance of the plant environment - drainage, lighting, nutrition etc.
  • Learn about different options available in vertical gardening for food production, including - hydroponics, aeroponics, and aquaponics.
  • Learn about the range of maintenance tasks associated with vertical gardens, and also what steps can be taken to reduce levels of maintenance.
  • Discover different options for automation - systems that can be used to aid in providing optimal conditions for your crop or plants.
  • Find out which types of plant and crop are suited to vertical gardening.
  • In just 20 hours you can gain valuable knowledge of vertical gardening - and with our automated tests, assess what you have learned in your studies.

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

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Member of the Future Farmers Network

UK Register of Learning Providers, UK PRN10000112

Alternative Technology Association Member

Accredited ACS Global Partner

Member of the Nursery and Garden Industry Association since 1993

ACS is a silver sponsor of the AIH. The principal, John Mason, is a fellow. ACS certificate students are offered a free membership for this leading professional body.Provider.

Member of the Permaculture Association

Member of Study Gold Coast

Institute of Training and Occupational Learning (UK)

Recognised since 1999 by IARC

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