Introduction to Working in Horticulture

INTRODUCTION TO WORKING IN HORTICULTURE

This unit focuses on the skills and abilities needed to work in horticulture. It covers the jobs that people might do, places where they might work, and tools, equipment and substances that they might use. Students learn about health and safety guidelines that are essential in this work environment. They also learn in a step-by-step way how to perform a number of key tasks, including planting, caring for plants and keeping a tidy work environment.


Newhop Skills for Work: Introduction to Working in Horticulture CD-ROM


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Introduction to horticulture

Where do people who have a job in horticulture work?

What jobs do people in horticulture do?
Garden centre worker
Landscaper
Mobile crew worker
Green keeper

What's it like to work in horticulture?

Protective clothing

Know your way around where you work
Polytunnel or greenhouse/cold frame
Shed
Compost bin
Potting bench


Tools and equipment
Tools for digging
Tools for preparing the soil
Tools for pruning
Tools for mowing
Tools for cutting trees and hedges
Equipment for moving things
Equipment for watering

Materials and substances
Compost
Plant food and fertilizer
Pots, trays, containers and baskets
Weedkiller

Tasks
Growing things
Get ready for planting
Planting in the ground
Container & pot planting
Hanging basket planting


Caring for plants
Keeping your work area tidy

Safety
Tools and equipment safety
Who can use tools and equipment
Using tools safely
Storing tools and equipment

How protective clothing keeps you safe


Safety Signs

Hazardous substances

Manual handling

Risks, hazards, accidents and emergencies