Over the years, organic farming has proved to be worth the time and effort that is put into it. There are many benefits of organic farming and this is what many people are opting for. Organic farming functions to reduce pollution since compost manure is used in place of the chemical fertilizers that are used on farms.
Organic farming also produces healthful crops, is inexpensive and self-regenerating. These are some of the reasons why many want to venture into it but the question is ‘How do you do it?’. Below is an excerpt from gardeningnerd that offers guides on how you can start from scratch and work your way up to successful organic gardening.
1. The Basics
Ensure that you prepare the soil for you to get the best results. You will not be happy if your plants wither away despite the time and effort that you invested in your garden. Get the soil on your garden tested to gauge its quality by simply sending a sample to your local agricultural extension officer. It is also best to choose the right seeds. To accomplish this, you can consult farmer’s market and know what you should or should not introduce to your garden.
2. Organic Compost
This kind of manure can be made quite easily, all you have to do is acquire a compost bin and ensure that the only material that goes in is organic waste, by this, you will create manure that is free of harmful chemicals. For a perfect compost, measure out a space say measure a space say three feet square. Your compost pile can be a contained within a custom made bin. Then add alternating layers of brown material such as dry leaves and sugarcane cuttings and add green material such as kitchen waste and animal waste and add on it a thin layer of soil in between the layers.
Add to the pile three inches of soil and turn the pile occasionally as new layers are added plus water to keep the heap moist for microbial activities to take place. Turn the heap in a two-week time interval to allow circulation of air.
3. Pest and weed control
Since the main goal of organic gardening is to embrace nature, chemicals do not feature in the practices that are carried out on these gardens, but by going organic does not imply that pests will be kept at bay by a miracle, still there can be found organic forms of pest control. Mulch comes in handy for a case of weeds as it prevents weeds from going through the soil. Mulch exists in forms such as, dead leaves, tree bark and grass clippings.
Organic farming has proved a success to many but also many have failed. It all narrows down to how keenly you implement the procedures to gardening.Your success will be dependent on your hard work, dedication and persistence, but the major success will only come after you embrace nature. For most things it is always a matter of trial and error, however, nature follows totally different rules thus it thrives forever. Finally, ensure you conduct several health checks for you to produce healthy and fully blossomed plants.