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


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    Name : J N JONES t/a JPJ Landscapes
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Course Content

Course Objectives:

  • 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

  • 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
  • Interplanting
  • 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

Butterfly gardening
Encouraging birdlife
Setting up a list of birds seen in your garden
Encouraging other wildlife
Garden pond / wetland area
Advantages and disadvantages
Position and construction
Ecological balance
Suitable plants
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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New Germany 3631

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