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Agricultural Tips for the Unseasoned Cultivators


Getting close to your roots was never as easy as it is by garnering some basic information pertaining to the engineering behind agriculture. With homeowners in urban areas wanting to be as close as they can to the source of their food, this list of basic facts regarding agricultural engineering would go a long way in not only helping people accumulating knowledge about farming and harvesting, but also in motivating them towards incorporating urban farming in their lifestyle.

Areas with Short Summers

Growers that live in areas that experience short summers can extend the season by using hoop houses, greenhouses and cold frames. These techniques help growers to sow the seeds earlier and have them in for longer periods.

“Soil is the chief raw material for all types of gardening and planting.”

 

Natural Landscapes

Growing crops in areas with natural landscapes is said to be more fruitful and beneficial since organic materials in these regions accumulate to decompose into the soil. This eventually adds texture and nutrients to the soil, and improves its quality.


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Soil

Soil is the chief raw material for all types of gardening and planting. It teams up with fungi, beneficial bacteria and many other microscopic beings to recycle organic materials and use water, air, and mineral in the making of compounds that can be used by the plants to convert into food. Thus, healthy soil is extremely necessary for growing great crops. You can follow these steps to make your soil better in case you face any abnormality.

  • Use Aloe Vera to boost the nutrient content in plants.
  • The better the soil the better the crop! Soil is structured by organic materials including clay, minerals, loam, and sand. You can hence improve the quality of your soil by using manure or compost, every second year, on the garden you are using for planting crops.

 

Mediterranean Conditions

Individuals who have lived in Mediterranean conditions present in the Pacific Northwest and the West Coast would agree how these conditions are really feasible for all gardeners looking to reap the most from the rich soil. The soil has some rich ingredients that can be useful for enhanced growth and better crops.

Alkaline Soil

In many parts of the Mid-West and West region, the soil is often said to be too alkaline for the crops to grow as per their average growth. The presence of alkaline in the soil can be combated by putting in sulfur through the form of iron sulfate, calcium sulfate, and aluminum sulfate.


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Type of Gardens

The type of garden you plan to grow is basically based on certain variables. The factors that play a defining role here are the condition of the area; what you are planning to grow and how much area you have.

“The hours of sunlight required by plants is not fixed and may vary from plant to plant.”

Hours of Sunlight

Since the daylight hours in your region vary according to the latitude and the seasons, you should monitor the perfect sunlight requirement for plants. The hours of sunlight required by plants is not fixed and may vary from plant to plant. Short-day plants grow only when the day is less than 12 hours, however, long-day plants need more day time and sunlight to grow efficiently.

Length of Growing Season

Calculations regarding the length of every growing season are based on the last frost experienced in spring and the first frost witnessed in fall. The time varies from 2 months to almost 8 months. The number of days you get can help you decide the crops you can grow.

I hope you enjoyed these simple cultivating tips for your harvesting needs. If you enjoyed this post, please feel free to spread this article by emailing it to a friend, or share it to your network. Thanks for reading!

 


About the Author: Carlo Desierto is a serial entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in business startups. He has founded, built intrinsic value, and sold several companies in which he sits as an adviser for the Board of Directors. Carlo has interviewed over 200+ entrepreneurs and published mini-biographies for new digital media channels relating to entrepreneurship, health, self-help, futurology, and the green industry.


 

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