Soils and Fertilizers

  1. Four Basic Soil Components
  2. Three Principal Mineral Constituents in Soils

A. Sand

B. Silt

C. Clay

  1. Soil Texture
  2. Soil Structure
  3. Organic Matter—The Supplier of Plant Foods
  4. Adequate Organic Matter
  5. Carbon/Nitrogen (C:N) Ratio VI. pH—An Important Factor
  6. Adaptive to Soil Conditions
  7. pH and Nutrient Availability
  8. Correcting Soil pH VII. Ion Exchange
  9. Definitions
  10. Nutrient Mobility

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  1. Soil/Water Relationships
  2. Water Infiltration Rate
  3. Permeability Rate
  4. Soil Compactions

D. Water

E. Air

  1. Root Damage
  2. Water Flow in Soils
  3. Leaching in Soils IX. Soluble Salts
  4. Plant Nutrients

A. Source

  1. Element Classification
  2. Functions of Macronutrients Deficiency Signs
  3. Functions of Micronutrients Deficiency Symptoms
  4. Fertilizers
  5. Fertilizer Terminology
  6. Fertilizer
  7. Mixed Fertilizer
  8. Complete Fertilizer
  9. Fertilizer Grade
  10. Fertilizer Ratio
  11. Fertilizer Calculations
  12. Fertilizer Types
  13. Nitrogen
  14. Phosphorus
  15. Potassium

D. Sulfur

  1. Mulches
  2. Organic Mulches
  3. Inorganic Mulches
  4. Effectiveness
  5. Problems
  6. Green Manure and Cover Crops
  7. Effectiveness
  8. Green Manure
  9. Cover Crops Further Reading and and

15 15 15

Horticultural Equipment Management

5

Equipment Selection

2

A.

Hand Tools for Cultivating

2

B.

Power Tools for Cultivation

3

C.

Wheelbarrow or Cart

S

D.

Watering Equipment

S

E.

Seeding and Planting Tools

S

F.

Environmental Monitoring

Equipment

ó

G.

Trellises and Cages

ó

H.

Harvesting Equipment

ó

  1. Equipment Purchases and Maintenance ó
  2. Equipment Purchases ó
  3. Equipment Maintenance ó
  4. Cultivation Practices V
  5. Types of Soil Cultivation V
  6. Cultivation Time V
  7. Cultivation Requirements V Further Reading B
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