The eco-conscious consumer is more and more concerned about the quality of the food, cleaning products and lifestyle overall that they adopt. They are hyperaware of how the food they it was grown and looked after and thus, many of them start growing their own organic farms. You might think that buying organic food is simpler than growing your own crops, but truth be told, when you look at your grocery store receipt, you can easily notice how expensive buying eco food can be.
If you look into hiring someone to help you grow your own organic crops, this will also get expensive. And so, the best option still remains growing your own organic food. Plus, this doubles as an interesting and fascinating hobby which ends up completely absorbing all those who reluctantly try it at first. And the eco-conscious homeowner ends up beautifully blending pleasure with usefulness and only good things can result out of this.
But more on how to jumpstart this amazing hobby and make the most out of it, you will find in the following paragraphs.
Getting started with your organic farm
Starting your own organic garden means that you will first have to procure your tools and supplies. Invest in high-quality tools from the start, even if it might be a bit pricier. This will help you save money, in the long run. For this type of activity, you will need a pair of clippers, an ergonomic trowel set, a soil-test kit, a compost bin, breathable gardening gloves to keep your hands safe from the elements and dirt and a lightweight watering can.
After you get all these supplies, you can get to work and start preparing your own organic garden. It will take a while to enjoy your first crops, but it will be entirely worth it, in the end.
Prepare the soil
Those who have picked up organic gardening as a hobby claim that this may be one of the most therapeutic steps in the process.
To get the best results in our own garden, you want to make sure that the soil you will be working with is properly nourished and conditioned. Healthy soil will help you grow stronger plants which will require less weeding and protect those from various pests. Avoid chemical soil treatments since you will be growing organic crops. These will transfer into your crops and kill all that good bacteria in the soil. Plus, those friendly warms will be harmed as well in chemical soils.
Use the soil test kit and have your soil tested, even if you plan to grow vegetables only as a hobby, in the beginning. This will offer you plenty of information on the soil pH, nutrient levels and some treatment recommendations to achieve healthier soil. Expert farmers advise those who look forward into this hobby to test their soil during the fall months and apply all the necessary nutrients before winter.
Make your own organic compost
Compost is the key to success when it comes to gardening and farming, especially the organic kind. To make your own organic compost, you will need the aforementioned compost bin where you will layer your carbon or brown material (garden trimmings, leaves and so on) and your nitrogen elements which usually consist of manure and kitchen scraps with a thin layer of soil between them. Your compost pile should be topped off with six inches of soil and turn it when new layers are added to your “collection”. You should also water your pile since you want to keep it moist for higher rates of microbe activity.
Choose and grow your plants
A good selection of plants will make organic living easier for you. Plus, when it comes to harvesting those, you will feel more motivated to keep on moving forward with your hobby. Ideally, you would choose the right types of crops for your own lot and soil type. Choose plants that have higher chances to adapt well to your own lot and invest in seeds that come from plants raised without chemicals and fertilizers and that were maintained healthy without pesticides. Your local farmer’s market is the best place to start searching for this type of plants. You can grow many things from seed, including squash, cucumbers and sweet peas.
According to specialists, when growing your own crops, you need to choose those types of plants with the highest return for limited space.
Intermediate tomatoes are amazing if you want to have fresh, organic tomatoes from summer to later fall when the fruits appear until the frost. Old-fashioned pole beans are also a great type of plant that will keep growing and producing until the first frost. Zucchini is a plant that we all love and it produces in avalanches which makes it just perfect to cultivate your love for eco-farming. Sugar snaps and snow peas are also a great choice to grow in your own restricted place and they will make this new hobby of your quite rewarding when you harvest those crops.
Watering your crops
The best time to water your crops is usually in the mornings. This time interval of the day is perfect because the weather is cooler and the winds not as present. this leads to lower rates of water evaporation which will help you grow healthy and productive crops. When you water your plants in the evening, they are more likely to be at risk of fungal and bacterial diseases due to the high moisture level in the soil. You want to make sure that you water the roots and not the green parts of your plants because the green part is more vulnerable. And when you water your plants, try to use water at air temperature since you don’t want to shock the tender green parts.
Protecting your plants without chemicals
Pesticides can transfer into the plant and the fruit and you don’t want this since you are growing organic crops. To protect them from pests, you should assure that your plants are receiving enough natural light and nutrients. Moisture also matters.