There’s this famous saying “You are what you eat”, which I think you’ll agree with me is what inspired organic farming in the first place; well, that, and the fact that the rising number of human population that needs a lot more food then mother Earth has to offer. And human psychology simply takes advantage of this situation by ‘stimulating’ the soil into producing more food faster then its natural course with the use of pesticides, artificial fertilizers and God knows what other type of chemistry. Contrary to that, we are all so desperately trying to live the healthy lifestyle; fresh fruit and veggies, more water, more fresh air and exercise…are we fooling ourselves?
From this point on, organic farming is what any conscious person on Earth would turn to in response to that widely accepted contradiction; instead of being lied to on the market, taking advantage of various gardening techniques is a very smart move to make. Grow your own! At least you will know what you are putting in your holy temple of body.
I won’t lie to you – organic farming requires some reading and preparation upfront, but once you cover the basics, every little thing your plants and soil are trying to tell you, will be so easy for you to pick up and react to. However, you do need to start somewhere, and that point is deciding where will your planting area be, get the plants and buy the best compost bin you can find. Here’s your short guide on organic farming.
1. Quality compost comes from a good compost bin
Compost is a completely organic matter which serves as a soil fertilizer. It is a powerful fertilizer because it is made of decomposed organic matter, which means it is full of nutrients. As such, this is the soil’s main source of energy and nutrients for supporting life growing in it. Creating compost is a process which starts with getting the best compost bin – that is, one that you can keep close to your home, even in your kitchen. This means you need an air tight container that will not release any smells. Plus, if you are going to keep it in your home, it should be of good design and appearance as to fit in your kitchen.
2. The point of good compost
Once you decide on the planting area and what you need to grow on it, the next thing to do is take care of the fertilizers for the soil. After all, that is the starting fuel for the process. Compost is organic matter, and as such it represents a type of recycled organic material. Think of it like a way for making use of literally every leftover that is bound to end up in the trash. It is exactly where organic farming differs from ordinary farming; artificial fertilizers contain a lot of chemical ingredients whose purpose is to speed up the growth of plants and even alter their appearance, while organic compost is all natural; the work of art of worms on leftovers from your food.
3. Making good compost
Organic compost is a simple DIY project. Once you get your compost bin which is specifically designed to support the decomposing process, all you need to do comes down to three simple steps:
- Green manure, such as clover, buckwheat and wheat grass along with a lot of moisture elements such as teabags, food scraps, seaweed and similar, is your compost’s base. Make sure you put a lot of these in the compost bin.
- Moisture is key for creating good compost. Whether you water the pile or let rain do it, it really does not mater; the point is to keep everything perfectly sealed in order to keep moisture in along with the heat – the two essential elements for creating compost.
- Turn it – every week, grab a shovel or a pitch fork and turn the pile over. This allows oxygen to enter the mixture. Just like for people, oxygen is a life fuel for bacteria that help the decomposing process.