In recent years, people all around the world have become active towards saving the environment and promoting healthy manners of living. Within the same line of thinking, the concept of organic farming has been developed. Organic farming has been allowing people access to naturally grown fruits and vegetables. It has rapidly gained popularity commercially as well. Organic farmers are becoming increasingly successful; making sales in the billions.
If you are a beginner of organic farming or just want to incorporate the same ideas into your personal garden or homesteading, here are a few tips:
Preparing the Soil
Organic farming depends on the quality of the soil just like conventional farming. However, it needs a special combination of organic matter to promote the growth of healthy organic crops. Apart from adding a good amount of organic matter, you should also add compost to the soil every year.
The thing with organic farming is that it can get prone to pests. However, it is really a good compromise when you can eat fresh, natural, and nutritious produce. What you can do is to grow extra to compensate a bit for the pest damage. You may also have to deal more with weeds than pests. On the other hand, you have non-chemical solutions like neem oil, Indian evergreen, and bacillus thuringiensis that can control your pest problem.
Managing the Seasons
When you eat natural, you have to respect the nature the too. Fruits and vegetables have their own seasons so you can’t have all the produce at all times. Instead of becoming disappointed, work with the cycle of seasons and not against it. When you start using nature to your advantage, you will realize that come crops make great alternatives for ones that are done. This will also add value to your soil. For example, you can grow clover in the fall as a cover crop. This will add nitrogen to the soil given that clover is a legume.
Don’t Get Desperate
Organic farming is all about being nature-friendly. Therefore, it is possible that you may not be able to grow a certain beloved crop on your particular land. It is possible but you will have to learn about soil condition, climate, and water resources way before you start focusing on it. Until then, be content with what your land can sustain more easily.
Whether you are an established farmer transitioning into the organic industry or have merely started with organic farming, you can’t become a master in a few months. It can take years before you become an expert. Therefore, keep up with the learning curve and enjoy the journey.
Keeping the Connection
Besides books and the internet, your best source of learning and earning practical experience is other organic farmers. Find communities that offer support and educational resources. It will also give you insight into the tricks and secrets many organic farmers have adopted to have success.
Organic farming is not only a better option for health and environment but fun as well if done right.