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Three Tips for Beginning Hobby Farmers

Evie Jones Evie Jones , 8/10/2017
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Starting a hobby farm is an exciting venture, and cultivating your vegetable garden can (and hopefully will) become a lifelong passion. It’s even better, however, if you can learn from those with experience and find ways to avoid some of the most common mistakes beginners make. So, whether you’re off to a rockier start than you imagined and would like some tips for improvement, or you’re just beginning and want to start off on the right foot, read on for a few tips and tricks. 

Tip One: Ease into it. In your excitement when you’re out looking for farm equipment for sale, and plants to cultivate, it’s all too easy to end up biting off more than you can chew. Planting too much, growing too many things over too large an area, etc. is a common early pitfall. Resist the urge to plant everything you’re interested in growing right away. Instead, focus on a few favorites to avoid getting overwhelmed. As you feel you’re mastering what you’ve started, then you can slowly add more crops.




Tip Two: Think location, location, location. There is a reason light requirements are listed on every seed packet. It’s important that your plants don’t get too little, or too much, of a good thing.  Not all plants are the same, so it really is essential that your growing crops receive the ideal amount of light for their needs, or they simply won’t thrive to their fullest potential. Take the time to choose the perfect spot to make your plants happy, and you’ll be rewarded with healthy growth.

Tip Three: Give them what they need. Similar to light requirements, your plants require fertilizer and water in the proper amounts, and there isn’t a one-size-fits all solution. It’s just as possible to overwater or over-fertilize as it is to under-water or under-fertilize. Research the requirements for the type and amount of fertilizer needed for the types of fruits and vegetables you’re growing. Again, if you start small, this shouldn’t be too overwhelming.

While you may often order farm machinery parts online, consider shopping brick and mortar as well. For the many questions which will no doubt arise, consider asking advice from the experts at your local farm equipment supplier. They will often be knowledgeable not only in terms of farm implements for sale, but also can offer advice on crops, growing, and the like. Be sure to choose quality farm implements and parts, whether that’s a disc, mower, cultivator, or other indispensable farm machinery part or product.


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