There are many types of greenhouses – do you know how to choose the right one for your nursery or garden? If you’d like to learn how to manage a greenhouse, this online course is perfect for you.
Certificate of Greenhouse Management is a professional development course that will show you how to manage a greenhouse for successful crop production.
In this greenhouse management course, you’ll learn about climate control, disease and pest management, growing systems and equipment, irrigation techniques and lighting and greenhouse automation systems.
On completion of this course, you’ll feel confident to grow nursery stock, edible crops and other horticultural plant products in a greenhouse.
Unit - Greenhouse Management
Unit 1 – Types of greenhouses
Types of greenhouses
Greenhouse designs for commercial nursery production
Wide-span or multi-span
Plastic clad tunnels/igloos
Retractable roof greenhouse
Greenhouse construction methods and materials
What type of greenhouse is appropriate for your nursery?
What can you grow?
Environmental control in greenhouses
Environmental factors affecting plant growth
Temperature of air
Moisture and misting
Moisture and fog
Computerised environmental control
Intelligent environmental controllers
Unit 2 – Growing systems and equipment
How to grow plants
Fertiliser salts for formulations
Formulas for different systems
Types of formulations
Measuring conditions inside a greenhouse
Environmental control systems
Thermostats and timers
Analog ‘step’ controller
Computer zone controllers
Integrated computer control (ICC)
Getting plants to flower out of season
Types of flowering response to temperature
Ways to cause controlled flowering
Principles affecting rates and progress of flowering
Applied flowering control
Unit 3 – Pest and disease management in greenhouses
How to stop pests & diseases entering the greenhouse
Methods of disease introduction
Detecting and controlling pests & diseases in the greenhouse
Scouting and recording
Insect growth regulators
Root media pasteurisation
Common greenhouses diseases
Fungi, bacteria and viruses
The root environment
The aerial environment
Unit 4 – Temperature management
Temperature influence on growth and development.
Temperature control in a greenhouse
Methods of temperature control
Temperature control using natural ventilation
Temperature control using heating
Calculation of heat loss
Localised heating systems
Composting organic matter
Soil or bench warming units
2) centralised heating system
Unit 5 – Water management
Greenhouse irrigation and objectives
Soil and water types
When to irrigate
Nursery irrigation program
Plants and water
Water deficiency symptoms
Equipment and methods
Sprinklers and overhead spray lines
Watering container plants
Seep hose and watering cans
Precision application techniques
Water supply and quality
Maintenance of watering systems
Unit 6 – Nutrition management
Irrigation and nutrition control
Liquid feed systems
Injection and displacement liquid feed systems
Considerations for fertilising greenhouse crops
Controlled-release fertilisers (CRF)
Water soluble fertiliser
Slow release fertiliser
Unit 7 – Managing light
Importance of lighting in a greenhouse
Quality of light
Length of the day (photoperiod)
Controlling light in the greenhouse
Reducing light intensity
Blackout and shading
Paint-based shading compounds
Efficient lighting control
Unit 8 – Managing gases
Carbon dioxide enrichment
Sources of co2
Control of co2 level
When to start supplementation
Temperature control systems (ventilation)
Fans and vents
Unit 9 – Automation and robotics applications for greenhouse production
Automation in vegetable nurseries
Computerised environmental controls
Cloud IOT-based monitoring system
Wireless sensor network
Components of wireless sensor networks
Structure of wireless sensor network
Star (single point-to-multipoint) network
Mesh network (advantages and disadvantages)
Data gathering in WSN
Automating irrigation techniques
Estimated duration 50 hours
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