Farm owners in Victoria say they have been inundated with requests to build organic farms.
One of the best places to start is with the best soil, says Julia Smith.
She says it takes a lot of time and patience to start a new organic farm, but it can pay off in the long run.
“When you start growing crops you start putting things in the ground,” she says.
“That’s when it’s more efficient to get the nutrients out of the soil.”
The best soil for organic farming is organic soil.
Julia Smith says organic soil is the best choice for organic farms because it doesn’t have the nutrients that are normally in organic soil and the soil doesn’t need to be grown in water.
“It has a much higher pH level and is a lot more alkaline,” she explains.
Julia Smith is the co-owner of a farm in Richmond. “
But the best organic soil also comes with a lot better pesticides and fertilisers.”
Julia Smith is the co-owner of a farm in Richmond.
“There’s a bit of a culture about organic growing, so when I see people grow their own vegetables, I think ‘Oh, that’s wonderful’,” she says, laughing.
“I think that it’s important for people to realise that it takes time and practice to make a good organic farm.”
You don’t need a lot to start Julia Smith’s organic farm.
“You can grow it for $250 to $300 per hectare, so that’s about $20,000 to $25,000 a hectare for the farm,” she adds.
“The cost of a tractor and the time it takes to get it done is very expensive.”
You can get a good soil that has a pH of about 3.
“If you get it right, it should take about four months to grow a 100-hectare farm, so the soil is good for at least five years,” she continues.
“Some organic farmers use a mix of organic and non-organic, but you’ll need to mix it up.”
I think it’s very important to make sure that the soil that you’re growing on is a good one.
“We’ve been growing a mix over the last two or three years,” Julia says.
The best way to grow your own food Julia says there are a lot different things you can do to improve your organic farm’s health.
“For starters, you can use a soil that is organic, so if it’s going to be your soil for a while, then it needs to be,” she tells news.com.au.
“Also, a lot people don’t know that you can grow vegetables on organic soil.”
Julia says organic farming requires a lot out of your own hands.
“Organic farmers don’t have to use chemical fertilisers.
They can use things like compost and they can use composting,” she reveals.
“They can use organic waste and organic waste from organic farms that you don’t use.”
Julia also encourages farmers to start with the soil as it’s already in good shape.
You can see it’s probably had a lot on it.” “
Look at the soil and get it from where it’s been in the soil for 30 years.
You can see it’s probably had a lot on it.”
The soil is a perfect medium for growing organic vegetables.
You don.t need to worry about chemicals Julia says her organic farm has been able to produce organic food for years without a chemical fertiliser.
“What we have to do is just do the right thing with it, so we can use it to grow the vegetables and make the milk and all the other things we do,” she laughs.
“Now, we do have chemicals that we use to fertilise it and then we have organic fertilisers, but that’s not the same as a chemical fertilizer.”
It’s all about patience and practice, says Ms Smith.
“To start a organic farm you need to go through a few different stages and you’ll have to get used to the process of planting, then you have to have the soil in good condition,” she warns.
“This is where patience and a good system comes in. “
“Just having good soil is not enough. “
You need good practices.””
Just having good soil is not enough.
You need good practices.”