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October 2018 series: Guide to Healthy Soils Workshop

This Workshop Is BACK! Due to the favorable response from the first workshop earlier this year, we are holding the second workshop this October.


Date and Time

27 and 28 Feb. 2018 (Saturday and Sunday); 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (for the two days)


What is the workshop about?

If you are a:

  • urban gardener
  • farming hobbyist or enthusiast
  • farmer, or
  • landowner thinking of using your land for farming

then this workshop is for you. This workshop provides you with the science and technical knowledge about:

  • the properties of soils and what make them fertile or healthy,
  • maintaining or improving soil fertility for your plants and trees, and
  • diagnosing and mitigating common plant problems.


Should I attend?

No knowledge in soil or plant science is required, only a keen interest in gardening or farming! You should attend this workshop if you wish to go beyond the cursory knowledge and into a deeper understanding of healthy soils.


What topics are being taught?

The workshop is over two days, where for each day, the lecture begins in the morning for three hours (with a break), followed by lunch, then hands-on practice for the next three hours.


At the end of the course, you should be able to answer the following questions:

  1. What makes a healthy soil?
  • Are all soils the same? The soil chemical and physical properties that make up a soil.
  • What are the important plant nutrients, and how do I know their availability in my soil?
  • How important is soil organic matter?
  • What is the difference between a compost and a mulch, and should I use them?


  1. Fertilizing my plants
  • What are the differences between the various fertilizer types (organics vs synthetics)?
  • I have a land, so what soil elements should I have tested, and how do I interpret the soil tests results?
  • How much fertilizers should I apply?
  • Is watering my plants with rice water any good?
  • Signs of plant problems such as fruit or flower abortion, leaf drops, nutrient deficiencies, and pests and diseases.


  1. Watering my plants
  • How do soils store water?
  • How much water should I water my plants?
  • What are the different irrigation types and what are their advantages and drawbacks?


You will also have hands-on practice on the following:

  • Potting mix and compost preparation
  • Typical symptoms of plant pests and diseases and their treatment
  • Interpreting soil test results
  • Fertilizer calculation


Medium of instruction



Workshop fee

The workshop fee is RM500 per person, but payments received on or before Sep. 30, 2018 will receive a 10% discount.

On or before Sep. 30, 2018  RM450
after Sep. 30, 2018  RM500

The fee includes notes handouts, lunch, and snacks. Please bring your own notebook and stationery for notes taking. Also dress suitably for outdoor gardening work.



Workshop registration

Click here to register


Venue of workshop

Block B, Dept. of Land Management, Faculty of Agriculture, Uni. Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor


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