Over the past decade, medical studies have shown that more and more of the illnesses and diseases befell humans are caused by what we eat and how we consume it. That is why there are many families that are practicing the consumption only of organic products to decrease the number of pesticides they consume and also to help protect the environment. But if you look at your grocery receipt, you’ll be faced with the harsh truth: organic products are expensive. Luckily, there’s a way we can consume delicious, safe, and nutritious food products without breaking the bank: organic farming!
While you can hire someone to start an organic garden for you, it is actually possible to grow your own organic farm with a short amount of effort from you. You need to remember to start small. A single plant or two will suffice when you are just beginning to learn about organic farming.
Test your soil
Before going into organic farming, you need to test your soil for its pH and nutrient levels. This will help you prepare the soil for organic farming. You can get a home kit that will test your soil or for a modest fee, you can have a professional test the nutrient levels of your soil.
The test will also come with treatment recommendations to ready your soil for farming. Make sure to mention that you are going organic. It is best to test during the fall season and apply any organic nutrients to the soil before winter sets in.
Make a good compost
You don’t have to buy compost from manufacturers. You can make your own compost on site using some leaf clippings and manure you can find. Compost feeds plants, helps conserve water, cuts down on weeds, and keeps food and yard waste out of landfills.
The best compost is a mixture of nitrogen and carbon-rich organic waste. You can find these in leaves and garden trimmings, kitchens scraps, and manure. Spread the compost around plants or mix with potting soil and you’ll be good to go.
Choose the right plants
It is important to choose plants that will grow in the environment where you are in. You can check the USDA’s Hardiness Zones for the list of plants that will adjust according to light, moisture, drainage, and soil conditions in your area. If you are buying seedlings, make sure you are choosing those that are free of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.