In today’s blog, we explore 7 ways to successfully plant, grow and harvest your crop anywhere in the world.
Whether it’s the health of your soil or when the crop goes in, certain conditions must be adhered to for your desired result to produce great harvest. Given that different crops are managed differently, for example, chili pepper, have different needs than okra, however, the basic principles are the same. Here are 7 important phases of successful farming.
1. Start with healthy soil
At the genesis of it all is the soil. Before investing in the soil, a proper soil analysis must be executed. This analysis will reveal which minerals your soil lacks in the root zone. It also reveals your soil’s organic matter. Also consider some amount of compost tea or extract to add the microbial life that’s needed.
2. Preparing the soil bed
Raised bed cropping is a management strategy for removing excess surface water during plant growth. Properly planned and constructed raised beds maintain a seed bed that promotes optimum root growth and maximum aeration, infiltration and drainage.
Your first consideration will be to remove vegetation currently growing in your area. Techniques for this activity are: sun solarization, or the old fashioned method of digging them up.
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3. Fresh Seed
It is always tempting to use old seed, but unless it’s kept in ideal conditions, old seed has probably lost some of its germination rate and might not perform as well for you. Even in a conducive environment, poor seed, will yield less production.
4. In the ground
Once the crops hit the soil, it’s important to make sure that they get established well. A great option is to cover the block of soil so as to not dry out. Irrigate properly if conditions are dry. Immediately apply any sort of pest protection.
5. Protection from pests
The biggest issue most crops face in terms of pests do not come from the soil, but rather they fly in or walk in. So making sure the susceptible crops are safe is a great way to ensure the crop’s success. Cover crops with row cover varieties that are sensitive to pest damage. Putting some amount of perimeter protection for your bigger pests might also be essential in some areas.
6. Moisturize crops
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7. Weed Management
Weeds can quickly smother and outcompete crops, making them unproductive or difficult to harvest. So managing weeds becomes a critical step in having a successful crop of any sort. Not tilling helps, as does regular garden cultivation. If you address weeds from the very beginning, before there is an issue, they will always be easier to manage, which will lead to a more successful crop.
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