We hear so many times that being in harmony with nature is the best way to exist on this planet. What does it really mean, and how can the concept be applied to farming and gardening?
Well, both science and well as religion says that there is life in everything.
Science does classify things as living, non-living and dead but there are microorganisms present everywhere that make it live anyway. There are many ways to look at it. Let us come straight to the concept of organic farming.
Organic farming considers the soil to be a living system and comprises of managing those organisms that reside in the soil. There is absolutely no use of chemicals in the form of fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. Then how do the crops flourish? Through cover crops, green manure crops, composts and many other ways.
Composts help in maintaining the balance of the soil and they can be chosen after conducting soil tests that show what minerals lack in the soil. When the main crops are not grown, some cover crops are grown on the same soil. They help in protecting the soil from erosion and drying out. Crop rotation is also done to maintain the quality of soil.
There are many other methods which I will be sharing in consequent posts. So keep reading!
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