The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the relevant knowledge, skill and competence to plant, grow and mantain a range of vegetables under supervision.
Participants of this programme will be able to:
- State the principes of crop rotation including a rationale and examples
- State the major factors affecting soil suitability for vegetable production to include soil composition, nutrient availability water holding capacity, drainage, organic matter content and compaction
- Prepare ground for vegetable growing to include digging, breaking up of soil, removal of debris, weeds and large stones to form suitable surface
- Apply compost, manure and fertiliser to a stated rate at planting and throughout the growing season
- Grow a range of vegetables to include brassicas, legumes, root crops and salad crops from seeds, including both station and drill sown, tubers, sets, plugs and transplants
- Mantain growing vegetable crops to include watering, weather and pest protection, training and supporting
- Deal with common pests and diseases of vegetables crops to include identification and control by a range of methods
- Deal with weeds to include identification and control by a range of methods
- Harvest a range of vegetables to include selection, grading and packing
This course is currently being offered under our North West Healthy Living Programme.