A permaculture system is a unique landscape where all the plants and animals live in a balanced, self-sustaining ecosystem. However, with the tens of thousands of different plants suited to this type of environment, a little (more) knowledge goes a long way! This course is suited to those with a basic understanding of permaculture, looking to increase their knowledge of this fascinating subject.
The Certificate of Plant Permacultureis an online program that will give you an in-depth understanding of the basic principles of permaculture design and planning and how to establish and use a permaculture garden.
In this professional development course, you will discover the different types of garden systems, understand the role of ‘zones’, and learn more about companion planting and natural pest, weed and disease control methods.
You will also become familiar with a wide range of herbs, vegetables and tree crops; and understand the applications for using appropriate technologies in permaculture design.
On completion of this course, you will have increased your knowledge of how plants can be incorporated into a permaculture landscape and have fostered a positive approach to the environment and all living things!
Plants for permaculture
Unit 1 – Permaculture gardens – different garden systems
Ways of growing plants
Growing in spirals
No dig beds or composting mounds
Helping plant establishment
Trickle or drip irrigation
Common types of organic mulch
Rules for how to mulch
Problems with mulching
Establishing plants on slopes –pocket planting, slope serration, wattling
Planting on arid sites
No till planting in lawns
Growing in pots
Developing a biodynamic property
Biodynamic preparations and sprays
Understanding and managing erosion
Chemical residues in soils
Improving damaged soils
Unit 2 – Design – planning techniques and skills
The design process
Gathering information and pre planning
Planning and design
Drawing the permaculture plan
Design Procedure – thirteen steps
How to represent different components on a drawn plan
Criteria for choosing the plants
Maintaining biodiversity in permaculture
Designing for low maintenance
Plants for small places
Lime loving plants
Nut producing conifers
Other edible parts of conifers
Conifers as a source of oils, resins, building timber
Cypress and Pines
Unit 3 – Sector planning
Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Designing and planting a firebreak
Fire prone areas
How to arrange a firebreak
Fire resistant plants
Windbreaks, hedges and screens
Hedges for different conditions
Plants for windbreaks
Long narrow spaces
Growing plants in shade
Plants suited to full shade
Frost hardy plants
Strategies for dealing with salt and wind
Hardy plants for inner city gardens
Pollution resistant plants
Nuts to grow in permaculture
Unit 4 – Design for natural pest, disease and weed control
Understanding natural pest control
Advantages and disadvantages of bio control
Natural pest controls with herb extracts
Other techniques for natural insect control
Understanding insecticidal properties of different plants
Natural weed control
Weed control with cultivation, mulch biological controls, grazing, etc.
Growing grain crops on a small scale
Hull less oats
Amaranth and Quinoa
Unit 5 – Complimentary planting – companion planting
How reliable is companion planting
Plants that impact on the soil conditions
Planting combinations that may be mutually beneficial
Combinations sometimes considered undesirable
Plants that can improve soil –alfalfa, borage, caraway and others explained.
Green manure crops
Legumes in permaculture
Plants for pets –dogs, cats, poultry
Unit 6 – Appropriate technology in permaculture design
Energy conservation technology
Environmental impact on buildings
Air quality and allergies
Temperature and humidity
EMR and creation of electric fields
Greenhouses: design and function
Passive solar energy collection and active systems
Conservation and recycling
Kitchen waste management
Water saving measures
Environmentally friendly gardening
Bramble berry growing
Other berries –gooseberries, mulberry, etc
Unit 7 – Water gardens
Planting in wet places
Understanding wet areas
Plants suited to bog gardens
Why have water in a permaculture garden
Designing for wet places
Managing water in sun or shade
Managing a healthy pond
Plants that can damage ponds
Plants suitable for water –submerged, floating and bog plants
Growing water chestnut
Establishing a water garden
Creating a pond with a liner
Constructing a small dam or pond
Waste water treatment with reed beds
Unit 8 – Knowing plants – tree crops
What zone to grow in
Orchard species suited to permaculture
Planning for intercrop species
Dry land orchards
Harvest, storage and processing of nuts
Peaches and nectarines
Unit 9 – Knowing plants – vegetables and herbs
Choosing the right spot
Considering the soil
Plant when conditions are favourable
Cultivation necessities – mulching, rotating crops, watering, pest control
Planting to maximize harvest
Disease resistance in vegetables –beans, corn, peas, lettuce, tomatoes.
Vegetables to grow in a permaculture system
Silver beet sweet potato
Allium –chives, garlic, shallots etc
Unit 10 – Giving the garden a central focus
The mandala garden concept
Step by step construction of a mandala garden
Outside the Mandala
Organic materials – ashes, feathers, hay, leaves, sawdust, prunings, etc.
Mulching vegetables and herbs
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In this course, the assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, which may include short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks.
If you do not achieve a competency result on your first attempt, you have two more attempts to pass your assessment. So, you have three attempts in total to obtain a competency result.
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How long will it take to complete this course?
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