Gardening for Biodiversity Course
Total Cost : R6,500.0
Course Duration : 12 – 14 months
Submissions = 6
Any Location : Online Course
Enrolment Form : Gardening for Biodiversity
- To introduce the concept of bio-diversity, with emphasis on its importance and relevance to the land-owner.
- Providing basic education and practical information for encouraging bio-diversity and creating a positive attitude towards nature and the environment.
- To provide training in biodiversity gardens that include Butterfly Gardening, Medicinal Herb Gardening and the use of Organic Pest Control.
- To encourage the home-owner to plant indigenous vegetation and the encourage creatures that live in it so that gardens can contribute to the restoring of some natural ecology in the urban area.
Module 1 – The concept of biodiversity
- Understanding nature
- The value of biodiversity
- Causes of biodiversity loss – an overview
- What can we do as gardeners to alleviate the loss
- Identify areas in your garden/suburb that are hindering biodiversity
- Practical Exercises to identifying the elements of biodiversity in your area.
Module 2 – Indigenous over exotic
- What is a weed?
- Why are alien plants a problem?
- Alien invasive plant categories
- Practical tips for removing alien invasive vegetation
- Manual removal
- Chemical removal
- Planting indigenous alternatives to replace alien vegetation in your garden
- Why go indigenous?
- Making the change
- Beyond the lawn
- Practical exercise
- Compile a list of indigenous alternatives to the invasive list.
- Indigenous alternatives for your garden
Module 3 – Pest control in the garden
- Insect pests
- The organic approach to pest control
- Encouragement of predators and parasites
- Organic insecticides
- Home remedies for discouraging pests
- Favourable insects in the garden
- Practical exercise- Identify five pests in your garden and methods beneficial to biodiversity by which you can control them.
Module 4 – Threatened plant species and water wise gardening
- The muthi trade in South Africa
- Endangered plant list
- Water wise gardening
- What is water wise gardening
- Characteristics of waterwise plants
- Waterwise tips for your garden
- Mulch gardening
- Practical exercise – improving the water use in your garden
Module 5 – Planting to encourage biodiversity
Setting up a list of birds seen in your garden
Encouraging other wildlife
Garden pond / wetland area
Advantages and disadvantages
Position and construction
Wildlife to expect
Practical exercise- Identify endemic plants in your area that are attractive to wildlife.
Module 6 – Practicing Bio-diversity
Design your own garden to maximize biodiversity
Research a plant list specifically for encouraging biodiversity
Checklist for biodiversity gardening
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