It is often felt that one of the main ways in which people are able to get the best deals is when they revert to the source. There is a lot of truth in that; often times, the value of an item tends to depreciate when it goes through a series of processes or exchanges hands too often. Granted, there could be some value that it gains monetarily, but in the long run, the authentic intrinsic value is likely to be lost or compromised.
Gardening is a good example of one of those aspects in life that produce the best results when handled from the source. But this is only the case when gardening is done in a precise and meticulous manner; it is in keeping to the practice that the same grand and profitable result is achieved over and over again. Skilful farmers will attest to the fact that there are some practices that guarantee a good return, some of which include:
Home Grown Manure
It is the practice of many farmers to fill their farm lands with the best of processed manure and fertilizer that the market has to offer. In as much as this comes with the benefit of specially formulated chemicals and nutrients to enhance the potential of the soil, even being made to suit certain crops, it is important to consider the wealth of nutrients that are thrown out daily in the name of trash or garbage. First and foremost, there is the advantage of cutting down on expenses.
But even more importantly, many of the vegetable peals and food remains are great sources of nutrients, some of which they originally obtained from the soil. It therefore follows that they will likely add in the same quality value that they themselves possessed and more given the additional input that the decomposers will impart.
Varying the Farm Layout
One of the things that many farmers need to embrace is the notion that there can be more to gain from diversity than by simply adopting a common stance where farming practices are concerned. When it comes to how the plants, be they flowers, vegetables or even shrubs are grown, the tendency, as has been the practice over time, is to have the seeds cast far apart in the farm land, and have them spread out so as to cover a larger area.
There however can be more value in growing them closer together as in so doing, the nutrients and moisture is concentrated in a smaller area, ensuring maximum absorption of all that is available.
Outsource and Input
As is the case with farm produce, there will be times when surpluses occur followed by seasons of low returns. This is not unique to one farm land alone but cuts across the board to all gardens everywhere. There are circles however that are able to turn this into a profitable venture. The principle is much like batter trade in which a gardener could vary his flower collection for example, by exchanging his seeds with another farmer who has a different type of flower seed. For many farmers, this is a great way to vary their produce and still maintain variety all year round.
There are advantages that are gained from obtaining the final product in a more processed and refined way but it goes without saying that even the best of the refined products lacks the richness that Mother Nature’s touch has to offer.