Month: January 2017

Gardening on the Small Farm

Gardening on the Small Farm

 

Are you interested in starting a garden on your small farm but don’t know where to start? Maybe you lack the knowledge of what all is needed to create a successful garden for yourself and family. This article will help to give you advice that will make gardening fun and easy.

When digging in the dirt, if you want to prevent dirt from accumulating under your nails, you soap on your hands before you start. Rub your fingernails across a bar of soap to prevent the soil from collecting beneath them by sealing them. When your work is done in the garden, you can use a soft brush to clean the soap out from under your nails and leave them sparkling clean.

If you have limited space to plant in your garden, try to plant your crops in blocks instead of in traditional rows. Rows tend to leave a lot of space between the plants as a walkway. Planting in blocks will help to keep plants together tightly without sacrificing their production.

Putting a fence around your garden is a good investment. Gardening takes a lot of money and time, and you don’t want it all to be wasted by children playfully stomping through it or small animals taking advantage of your work. A small fence will help to protect your investment that keeps both kids and animals out.

Wet newspapers are a great alternative for mulch for your soil. Placing damp newspapers around the bottom of your plants will keep the ground moist and protect the root systems of your plants from sunlight and heat. Also, newspapers are biodegradable, so you can leave them there and they will eventually add more nutrients to your soil.

Before you start to prune your plants, be sure you know when each plant is supposed to blame. If you prune your trees and shrubs while they have buds, you will not have any flowers on that plant that year. Once the blooms from the last season have faded is the best time to prune.

It always makes things easier to keep your tools and gardening close together in one area. That way, when you’re ready to go out and work in your garden, you will not have to search for things that you need. It also keeps you from having to hire someone for carpet cleaning as much because you take off your muddy shoes to leave them with your gardening stuff.

Hopefully, the advice given in this article will help you get started on your small backyard garden.

Growing Crops Organically

Growing Crops Organically

Many farmers and gardeners tend to avoid growing organically because they are afraid that disease and bugs will plague their crops. Fact is, you have no need to add any substances to help your garden to grow vibrantly and safely. Read the tips in this article about organic gardening to learn how to grow plants the natural way. 

If you have a problem with slugs in your garden, you can use leftover coffee grounds to repel them. Simply sprinkle the coffee grounds on your soil at the base of the plants or use your left-over coffee to spray the bugs directly from a spray bottle.

Instead of buying a garden cover to cover your plants in the winter, consider using some of your old blankets. If you don’t have any old blankets sitting around, you can find some cheap ones at a thrift store. Support the blankets over your plants by using a tomato cage. To hold the blankets down, you can use garden rocks or individual bricks. This will ensure your plants stay covered well.

When your seeds start to sprout indoors, you need to make sure they have enough light. You can either put them in a greenhouse or move them close to a sunny window. If you are unable to do this, put them under fluorescent lighting. Keep in mind that your plants require around 16 hours a day of light.

A soaker hose is the best way to water any garden. They help to conserve water by directing it where it needs to go, into the soil, rather than into the air and on the leaves. This is also a great way to help prevent fungal growth around the plants.

When it comes to weed control in your organic garden, you will likely face more challenges than someone with a conventional garden would by using chemical herbicides. Using mulch is one of the best ways for you to control weeds without turning to the use of chemicals. You can make your own mulch with grass clippings and tree trimmings and spread it evenly around your plants at about 3 inches deep. This will help prevent the weeds from germination and growth.

Organic gardening is not as hard as many people think it is, whether you were growing vegetables or flowers. You just need to have the right information to ensure that your plants get what they need to be healthy and strong.

Interested In Starting Your Own Farm

Interested In Starting Your Own Farm

Farming on a small to medium scale has become more popular in the United States in the 21stcentury. There are many reasons why people are looking for a more rural lifestyle, such as the medical epidemics related to food around the world, lacking a sense of purpose in our current careers, and a lack of connection to the land around us.

People tend to get quite excited daydreaming at work are talking with family and friends over dinner about all the things they want to grow, the desire to work with their hands, raising animals, and leading a life that is more fulfilling. It can be quite easy to get carried away when thinking of how life can be on the other side. Of course, have all heard how hard farming is and that you can’t really make much money farming. Perhaps you don’t care about the money, though, or how hard the work will be. You want to have your gorgeous little farmhouse, give your kids the opportunity to run barefooted in the green pastures, and be able to eat like royalty on your old wooden farm table every night before going to bed at peace and tired from a day full of doing meaningful work.

Of course, the stream sounds wonderful. Who wouldn’t like this kind of life? Winning the lottery would be nice to. I have found myself wondering what I would do if I were rich many times in my life. The odds are, that you will never hit the lottery, and it is very unlikely that you will ever have the farm you are dreaming of in your mind. But, if you have the right set of skills and are willing to work hard, and a lot of determination and passion, and perhaps even a little bit of luck, you can eventually be living out a version of the farm you dream of.

Sure, it would be great if your dream of farm life could happen overnight, but that is very unlikely to happen. If you are willing to put in the work and money it takes, though, you can start building on your dream and see it become a reality.