Apart from the great satisfaction that comes with growing your own organics and filling your table with mouth-watering and healthy foods, there are numerous benefits of organic gardening to you and your environs.
According to the reviews and feedback of farmers on ReviewsBird.com, organic gardening prevents the loss of topsoil which helps prevent erosion, and it also eliminates fungicide or pesticide residue on your produce. So, if you want to go into crop farming or you need to plant some organics in your garden, here are simple crop by crop guides to growing yours.
· Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are usually grown in warm weather, but can also be grown in cooler climates if you can meet all its requirements for warm temperature. They are delicious, nutritious and productive. The flavorful tubers can be kept for months in a cool dry place (at room temperature). If you want to grow them in your garden, it is more practical to do it from the slips.
In a wide range of climates, beans can produce rewarding crops. The nitrogen-fixing microbes they relate with in the soil allows them to bear well even in relatively poor soil. Beans have two varieties; the bush varieties and the pole varieties. The pole varieties require a trellis and provide more extended harvest unlike the bush varieties.
Snap beans are easiest to grow in the cool areas. But lima beans, asparagus beans and southern peas are easy to grow in hot areas.
Radishes are fast, easy to grow vegetables, which are grown in the spring and fall. They can be harvested in less than a month after planting. For best quality radishes, you should grow them in cool weather, constantly moisturize the soil and make your harvest as soon as the roots become plump. Since they grow within a short period of time, you can also interplant them with slower growing vegetables.
Snow peas, snap peas, shelling peas, are all best grown as early as the soil can be toiled in the spring. They produce poorly in hot weather, so planting them early is a good strategy. They are often the first to mature in a garden season. The taller varieties of pea require trellising or they can be planted along a fence. The nutritious part is that you can eat your peas’ shoots as well as its flowers too.
From baby leaf lettuce to loose-leaf, all types of lettuce would grow best if the soil is constantly moisturized and outside temperature remains between 45 and 75 degree Fahrenheit. It is one of the few crops one can grow in all year. Though it should be shaded in hot weather and harvested in smaller sizes. Lettuce can also be grown directly in your garden bed or planted indoors first for transplanting.
Tomatoes grow best during the spring under warm conditions. They are usually started indoors under bright fluorescent light in early spring. The seedlings are then transplanted into a larger container for some weeks before they are being transplanted to the garden during a period of warm weather. For the best flavor tomatoes, provide an organically enriched soil with alkalinity between 6.0 and 6.5, and plant your tomatoes where it can get plenty of sun.
Be sure the above simple guide would help you in your gardening journey, introduce you to new crops and lead you to a successful harvest.