Author: Vanessa Gregory

The Truth About Starting a Farm

The Truth About Starting a Farm

 

I have a farmer friend who loves to give advice about starting a farm. The main advice he gives is to don’t do it. He tells people this every time they ask. When you hear something like this, the reality hits you that perhaps starting a farm is merely a dream. Maybe farming isn’t what you should be doing with your life. If you are the kind of person that thinks his advice is the worst ever and that you are going to be a farmer regardless of what it takes, then a farmer is likely what you are meant to be.

You need to know a lot more than merely how to grow things to start a farm. It is a job that requires a diverse set of skills that can often be some of the most monotonous and boring work you have ever done. If you don’t believe me, do a little online research and you will quickly discover some of the skills that being a farmer requires. Of course, one of the main skills you need to be good at farming is passion.

To be a farmer, passion is mandatory. Without it you have nothing. Farming would become just another job that you do not like. It would be better for you to simply work for someone else. Without passion, you will not find pleasure in the things you achieve, you will not be able to see the things that are needed to help grow your farm, and you will not care whether you are a success or failure. The things you need other than passion, you can learn. Simply go to a book if you need to know how to fix a tractor. Call an extension agent if you need help treating diseased plants organically. Take a course in QuickBooks if you need help with keeping your financial records. When it comes to passion, though, you can only get that from within.

The main thing you need to ask yourself is if you are willing to let your business consume your time and thoughts for many years to come. Because if you’re wanting to start your own farm, you must think of it the same way he would starting a business, not a simply a farm.

Global Warming and Farming

Global Warming and Farming

 

People often think of melting glaciers and hurricanes and such when they think of global warming. The truth is, agriculture has been showing the effects of global warming for years now.

There are many studies that show how, in the short run, global warming is not completely bad for farming. As we humans continue to change the environmental factors from the things we do, the immediate effects have actually led to better crops.

With global warming comes an increase in temperatures. This can benefit farmers temporarily. It will create a longer growing season meaning more time for the crops to mature. This is true especially in areas where the fall and spring are typically cool.

The higher temperatures can bring some problems to other areas, though. Global warming will cause more heat in areas that are already warm, often causing the plants to suffer. The earth will be more dry as the rate of evaporation in the soil increases. The droughts that will occur can lead to not only the soil being dry, but also the air, and could lead to some crops burning.

It is also predicted that global warming will bring about changes in precipitation. This change will also affect the moisture in the soil. With global warming often comes the threat of severe weather, so when it does rain, it will tend to come down hard. The hard rain can lead to the soil eroding. This is a factor that would greatly affect farming.

Global warming also brings extra carbon dioxide into the air. This strangely has a fertilizing effect on the crops. This kind of fertilization helps crops such as rice, soybeans, and wheat. This makes carbon dioxide fertilization a global warming byproduct that can be beneficial to farming.

There have always been a lot of obstacles with farming. When you add global warming to the obstacles, it can make it more intense. With global warming, it is more likely that farmers will face hurricanes, heat waves, floods, and droughts for instance. These are problems that are hard for farmers to deal with.

As of now, North American farmers are not in a lot of danger from global warming. In fact, they may be facing some of the positive effects. In the long run, though, if global warming is not stopped, they will be facing much damage.

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.