Basic Tips for Organic Backyard Farming

Grow peppers and other wonderful veggies in your own back yard
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We are truly a nosey society of human beings; seriously, we just hate not knowing. Not knowing is why we learn, why we try, why we listen and why we choose to just do it ourselves. One of the biggest reasons why we grow our own food is because we do not know and we do not trust where our commercial foods are coming from. The evolution of GMOs and the widespread use of antibiotics, pesticides and other such synthetics are seriously fowling up our foods. Those depressing facts are more than enough to make anyone start planting seeds and caring for a coop of chickens. And yes, there are organic options to the rescue, but why pay premium when we can grow ourselves for a fraction of the cost? Growing your own food is also very rewarding and can provide one with a newfound respect and a sense of gratitude for the food we eat.

For those who do not know, organic backyard farming refers to the residential growing of crops and botanicals and/or the keeping of animals for the use of food and resources. Organic farmers use natural means of fertilization, feeding and pest control instead of relying on unnatural methods. This type of urban farming is a sector of sustainable living that promotes self-reliance, extreme health and simple living. 

Basic Tips to Organic Backyard Farming:

  • Choose your Farm Site: Smaller is better in the beginning because it will be easier to maintain and to learn from. Your farm space should be up to 20 meters with poles or fences to grow climbers and vines. The area should be sunny with adequate paths for easy access and shelter options such as greenhouse covering or windbreaks for protection.
  • Test the PH Level of your Soil: Testing your soil is imperative to figuring out what type of vegetation to grow as different plants flourish in different PH levels. You can choose to seek the aid of a professional or test it yourself with the aid of a PH tester.
  • Incorporate Raised Beds: Incorporating raised beds in your organic garden will provide proper drainage.
  • Organic Fertilization: Organic fertilization is the backbone of organic farming. It is important to carefully research fertilizers and feed your soil with high quality all natural fertilization. Incorporating nitrogen rich composts will encourage soil fertility and promote healthy growth.
  • Natural Pest Control: Natural pest control refers to controlling insects without the use of degrading chemicals. Some common farm garden pests include aphids, hornworms, grasshoppers and cabbage loppers. Some examples of natural pest control are the planting of garlic and onions to repel insects, spraying herbal pest control, tilling and practicing clean farming.
  • Poultry Farming: Chickens are usually a welcomed companion in organic backyard farming. They provide super nutritious free range eggs as well as organic meat. Chickens also do their part in pest control, give them access to your garden beds and they will weed, till and control the pests.
  • Seek Support: There is nothing worse than feeling lost; seeking support will help you turn this venture into a passion. You can find organic farming support through books, forums, groups and from industry experts.

Organic backyard farming can be challenging endeavor at first. Unavoidable negatives such as harsh weather conditions and insect invasions will arise; however, the payoffs are well worth the challenges. Practice patience, gratitude and diligence in this and your efforts will certainly be rewarded.

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