There are lot of reasons why people spend huge amount of money on farming and at the end of day gain nothing.
I must tell you that it is not about planting and managing the farm well but it is all about planting smartly.
When I say planting smartly I mean, planting based on the demand of people at different time and season or market opportunities that you have discovered are available and are ready to be part of not after the planting season is over but prior to planting.
For Example: A lot of people plant cucumber during raining season compared to dry season. When you plant in dry season you command more money when compared to raining season.
Another example is tomato. Lesser tomato comes from the north during raining season (talking about the Nigerian Terrain), unlike during the dry season. Most people here in the south Western region runaway from planting tomato during raining season because of high infestation of diseases which can be partially controlled by getting premium hybrid seeds (such as are sold by The SeedHub). Therefore, Tomato commands more market during raining season to dry season.
Kindly Note: Either you plant most of these vegetables during raining season or dry season, you will still get your profit but I must tell you that profit in vegetable farming varies per seasons and time. Also, Irrespective of the Economic situation, People must chop and then you can also look into Value addition as we look forward to a new planting season.
So, how do we prepare for a new planting season?
Here are 5 Things you can do
- Test the Soil
Consider taking a soil test to determine if you need to add pH-raising materials like lime, or acidifying items like elemental sulfur. For the most accurate results, use a soil test kit. Know the state of health of your soil.
Don’t be a farmer who plants “just because there is a piece of Land”. This will save you a lot of Cash really in the later days.
- Spread some Manure
Manure applied Early the spring needs to be composted. The ammonia that’s present will disappear over time, leaving you with rich organic matter when it comes to the planting season. Best manure bets for your Farm are cow and horse (in that order), followed by sheep, and you’ll want to apply a 1-inch-thick layer. If desired, sprinkle the manure with blood meal, water it in, and then cover the whole thing with a layer of leaves and straw to really get it cooking.
3. Sprinkle with Fertilizer
If you don’t want to go the manure Lane, try lightly applying an organic fertilizer like greensand, rock phosphate, kelp meal, Bonemeal, or Bloodmeal. When they aren’t over applied, organic fertilizers like these release nutrients slowly over a period of several months. Adding them to the fallen leaves gives them ample time to be transformed into materials that will be readily absorbed by eager spring roots.
4. Pile on the Leaves
Irrespective of using either Fertilizer or Manure, Ensure you pile up leaves on the soil. This will serve as Insulation for the soil and encourage the worms to stay active since the environment will be warm for them and they’d stay till the next planting season.
5. Plant Cover Crops
According to Another option for prepping your soil is to plant a cover crop such as clover, wheat, cereal, sorghum.
Any of these crops will pull nutrients up from the subsoil, remove excess water, and, return nitrogen and organic matter to the soil. The one drawback to this method is that you need to sow seeds while the soil is still warm enough to allow for germination, If you’re too late to plant this time around, Don’t worry; just add it to the calendar for next year.
Additional Tip: Buy Premium Hybrid seeds that would give increased yield, fruits, and thrive irrespective of the environment or condition. Such can be found with The SeedHub and they deliver Worldwide
Plant smartly and you will get reward for your investment.
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