You might be happy about planting crops as part of your plan to have an organic farm plan. Crops that are grown on an all-natural farm can often taste better and be more beneficial to your health, so it's important to be smart about the way you get these crops started so you can experience all the benefits of this type of farming. These suggestions could prove to be helpful.
Remember that Crops Must Also Be Sustainable
You may have all kinds of crops in mind for your farm, but it's vital that you know your plans are sustainable depending on the type of soil and climate you've got. For instance, if you live in a very dry, hot area, vegetables could be a challenge because of all the water they require. If you want to turn a profit, it might be better to plant a drought-resistant crop instead. It's important that you're smart about what you grow so that your organic farm can thrive.
Use Natural Fertilizers Like Compost
One of the reasons that organic farms take less money to start is that you won't have to spend thousands and thousands of dollars on soil fertilizer. There are many natural ways to handle fertilization instead. For instance, compost is the most popular organic farming fertilizer.
When you make compost, don't just put it on top of the seeds you've planted. You've got to go through your compost to be sure that you haven't inadvertently included seeds that you didn't plan to grow. You should also do your best to sterilize the material so that it doesn't cause mold or fungus. This can be easily done by spreading a very thin layer of your compost on a plastic sheet; cover the compost with another sheet and allow the sun to shine on the plastic for a number of days. Any fungus or other similar problems will be suffocated in the heat and unable to grow. You can then use the compost liberally.
Later, if you think your plants need some help, you can also try "compost tea". This is made by boiling compost in water and then straining out the solids to make a tea of sorts that can be cooled and poured on the plants. You can also purchase organic pelleted fertilizer, liquid kelp, feather meal and other natural fertilizers if you don't have much time to make your own.
The sooner you use all these tips, the sooner you'll start to see healthy crop sprouts. Discuss your plans with other farmers and experts in fertilizer and planting to get additional ideas.