University of Guelph, Ontario online horticulture certificate course

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University of Guelph, Ontario online horticulture certificate course

Hi All,

  This is just for your information.  I'm currently earning a horticulture certificate from U of Guelph, Ontario.  It is completely online.  I really just wanted to increase my general knowledge of my most favorite subject.  I didn't know what to expect - I've been out of College for years - but I found most of the classes informative.  And some actually challenging (designing the landscape is not my strong point.  Engineers like straight lines. But at least now I recognize basic design elements!).  Anyway, my last class is intro to soils and plant growth.  Guess what we'll be covering as well - hydroponics!!  So, I have 12 weeks to pick the profs brain on growing cucs in an ag!  If we have other questions, I can pose them as well.

Here's the certif info:

http://www.horticulturecertificates.com/certificate_horticulturist.html

And soil class description:

http://www.horticulturecertificates.com/offering.cfm?id=2316&CFID=942121&CFTOKEN=8754531#null

Beth

 

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Current crazy weather? Well,

Current crazy weather? Well, I live in CT, and grew up in CT, though I was away 14 years.

The current crazy weather seems to me to fall within a single standard deviation of the ordinary run of crazy weather.

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stonecold (not verified)
There is always crazy

There is always crazy weather.  I think that is the definition of weather... Which is why we want to grow stuff indoors using hydroponics, artificial lighting... :P

MaryH (not verified)
Well the intention was for

Well the intention was for the algae (or more commonly known as Spirulina) to have dual purpose in recycling C02 to o2  as well as a source of food.  I have had some of the spirulina drinks purchased at Whole Food since and not sure if I would like to have it day in and day out lol.  We did not get that far as to how to make food with them but more along the line as a supplement or food source to add to prepackaged or dehydrated foods.

Interesting on ecosystem modeling.  What do you think of the current crazy weather? 

stonecold (not verified)
I am doing strawberries now,

I am doing strawberries now, Tri-star, Eversweet and Alpines. 

Peat done strawberries in AG before.

Orlando Jude (not verified)
Oh dear -- maybe I should

Oh dear -- maybe I should change my name to "out in the cold"   - no engineering - zilch!  Just an ordinary office mgr for a law firm.  Retired. Widowed. Trying to find something to fill the days.

But having a ball doing it!!!!  

I have more baby cukes than I can count - on 2 plants.  Now if they'll just grow into adults! 

Also have buds on my Ruby Toms, and tiny tiny buds on my Jalapeno.  Salad greens ready to be harvested again, and herbs are all ready to harvest except for chives which are being replaced.  Peas also growing well.  Things are coming along fine right now except for green beans.  They were sooooo slow that I gave them away, and am considering starting my Alpine Strawberries in that AG instead.

Stone, did you do strawberries?  Or was it Bruce?  I'll try a search but if you guys see this please let me know your experiences with them.  Thanks.

Enjoy!

 

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Oops, yes, sorry, Stonecold,

Oops, yes, sorry, Stonecold, she did say for food. Still wonder how one turns it into food.

I can definitely relate, Beth, re the weather.

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Gisette, I think MaryH stated

Gisette, I think MaryH stated that they are growing the algae to eat it...  not sure how and how tasty that will be though...

Sounds like almost everyone here have a background in engineering.

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Wow, what fascinating people

Wow, what fascinating people we have here!  I do plan on growing a new big dwarf outside in an earthbox - along with a polefast (early determinate tom).  Whenever the weather decides to cooperate!

Beth

 

 

 

 

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And now we battle so hard to

And now we battle so hard to avoid growing algae! What was your goal in growing algae on a space shuttle, MaryH, if I may ask? Is the algae itself of any use, or just a way to produce oxygen, or...?

I worked for years for a Yale ecologist, who did his undergraduate work at Guelph. (I did ecosystem dynamics modeling, and teaching simulators for him.)

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I have visited university of

I have visited university of Guelph a long time ago when I was at university of Waterloo.  Been back 6 months ago at Waterloo for reunion and New Years '07/'08 in Guelph a stone throw away from the university of Guelph but did not go onto the campus.

I did Systems Design / Computer Engineering and now mostly work with software systems, specially planning and forecasting systems on SAP.

My interest in Hydroponic originally came from a group university project way back when where we did a proposal to National Research Council of Canada for a space project to grow Algea on a shuttle or space station for food  lol.  uhmm, time to get some parts and kits...

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