The course introduces some fundamental plant biology that is relevant in the home garden context. We will look at how plants grow and acquire nutrients, and practical science-based ways to boost their growth. We will explore the differences between fertiliser use and organic gardening from a plant nutrition perspective.
The course will go on to introduce practical ways in which you can assess plant growth and performance in your own garden. We will introduce the principles of field experimental design that will allow you to objectively compare different varieties.
As part of the course we will discuss some of the issues in modern plant cultivation, including the loss of diversity in food plants, sustainability, crop response to climate change and cultivation of genetically modified crops.