Understanding Agriculture was the first crucial step to becoming a farmer. So here I was completely baffled as to where to do I start from.
Does it begin with understanding crop cycle?
Does it begin with understanding soil?
Is it the region, climate and rainfall?
The different agricultural practices…
How and where do I start?
Now that’s the beauty. You know the journey has begun when you don’t know where to start from. The state of uncertainty is what defines the journey!
The upcoming posts are about how I started to learn about different aspects of farming; My research and the sources of my research. If you have similar interests, I hope it helps.
With so many Online and Offline options available, one often ponders where to buy the plants from. I would recommend buying plants from a local Plant Nursery! Wondering why am I saying so?
5 reasons to buy plants from a local plant Nursery!
- Local Nurseries keep only the plants that thrive well in the local weather/climate conditions. So in short, their maximum chunk of plants are sturdy ones.
- Since the plants are sourced from local farms, they suffer less damage in transit.
- They are cheaper.
- You can actually see, feel and touch the plant before buying. You can choose to buy a specific plant which you like. A lot of times there are several options available in a single category. To give an example, have a look at the following images.
All of them may be categorized as pink hibiscus. But you can notice the difference, not only in the shades but also in species. So it is best that you see the flowers so that you know what you’re buying rather than just having a vague idea.
- It helps create/foster employment in local area and by employment I mean all those who are engaged in this activity right from farm to the nursery.
When to buy Plants:
It is always a great idea to buy new plants. The only thing you have to be careful about is buying plants during change of season. In India this would typically mean the months of June, October and March. Two main reasons for not buying plants in these months:
- Like humans, plants also suffer from lower immunity during change of season especially if they are young. They either get infected with some disease or are vulnerable to pest attacks. I am not saying this to discourage you from buying plants. I just want you to be prepared for it. You ought to know that even if your plants are attacked or infected, it is temporary, like we catching a flu!
- If you’re buying plants for the first time, you should know what to expect out of it. For example, you bought a plant in the month of March when it had blossomed and had abundant flowers. You bought the plant expecting it to continue flowering just to know, that it has stopped flowering within a week’s time; only because its flowering season was December-March.
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Happy Gardening! 🙂