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A Return to Organic Farming


A Return to Organic Farming

Farming is not really a major endeavor limited to individuals who own large agricultural acreage. Today, farming can take place on any scale.

One type of farming is enjoying a resurgence in popularity: Organic Farming. People want to know what they are eating and where it has been grown. What better way to do this then to start your own organic farming project?

How to Best Build Soil to Increase Profit When Organic Farming

Organic farming takes planning and the essentials of good, rich soil free of chemicals or pollutants, fresh clean water and organic fertilizers. It requires vigilance and effort to grow crops that result in the most healthful fruits and vegetables. The trend or organic farming is growing to such proportions that there are newly designed organic farms located in many urban areas today.


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The Importance of the Right Organic Farming Fertilizers

It is relatively simple to understand the importance of the right organic farming fertilizers. It is a matter of getting back to the basics. For example, for hundreds of years, farmers relied entirely on organic fertilizers mainly because access to sophisticated chemicals was not available.

These early farmers learned the fine art of using fertilizers to increase soil quality that would result in healthful farm crops. In those days, no one worried about whether crops were harmful. They knew the precise type of soil, water and fertilizers they used encouraged healthy, tasty, safe crops.

If organic farming is in your near future, it is important to understand the compatibility between certain crop species, soil type and fertilizers that nourish each type of plant. For example, organic potatoes do well in sandy soil. If soil composition is too rich in nutrients like loam, potatoes will not grow as well. By adding organic fertilizer to bring loam soil to the best growing medium, it may be necessary to add organic matter to reduce the pH back to the levels of sandy soil.


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Conversely, growing root crops of turnips, carrots, dark greens like kale, cabbage or spinach, requires a pH soil balance with the addition of fertilizers found in loam and clay such as organic waste or composted manure.

Supplies Needed for Organic Farming

The savvy organic farmer plans well in advance by starting a compost pile. This can be created from a variety of household wastes with organic mulch and leaves added. Be sure to turn the compost pile after each rain event so that organic matter in compost breaks down naturally.

Rely on natural insect, rodent and animal repellents to protect organic farm crops. Learn to plant repellents in close proximity to organic farm crops. For example, chrysanthemums contain a natural pyrethrum that repels insects and animals due to the scent stems and blooms emit.

By allowing composted matter to return to rich, organic soil, this is a ready supply of mulch. Once or twice during the growing season add organic bone meal, untreated wood sawdust and dehydrated algae to add nitrogen and phosphorus to soil if required. Fish meal, crushed rock and sludge from natural sources are other supplies needed for organic farming.

As you can see there is a little involved and nuturing needed for organic farming but it’s well worth the cost in producing healthyorganic food.