Tips For Fast Farming
There are many joys and benefits of having your own personal small farm, a for-profit hobby farm, a nursery, or a community garden. Fresh produce, being able to work outdoors, the pride of cultivating organic food – the list goes on and on.
Patience, however, is an aspect of small farming that many people struggle with.
Farming requires a lot of time and dedication, and it can be can a tedious task for those of us that are used to instant gratification.
As the saying goes, patience takes practice. Luckily, greenPRO has a few tips and tricks to speed up the farming process up to 6 times – no patience necessary!
Farm with a Plan.
Set a goal for your land and work backward to develop practical steps you need to take in order to achieve your end goal. Planning this in advance speeds up work in the field, and ensures you don’t skip crucial steps that you would otherwise need to backtrack to complete.
Every time you go on your land to work, have a clear mission and stick to it. It can be easy to get sidetracked or distracted, but this wastes time and prolongs the wait to enjoy your harvest.
If you need help planning, check out the following resources:
- The government of Western Australia has excellent business planning advice for small producers. They cover basic planning, setting goals and targets, and monitoring key indicators.
- Farmsafe Australia is a great resource for health, safety, and emergency preparedness planning. Health and safety issues can cause major setbacks if proper plans aren’t in place.
- Do you have a community farm? Check out the Business Planning for Small-Scale Community Farming Enterprises template.
Select Fast-Growing Vegetables.
Not all vegetables grow at the same pace. Be strategic and select veggies that don’t require months of harvesting.
Here are our top suggestions for quick-growing vegetables you can produce in most areas of Queensland and Western Australia:
- Radishes – yield in 21 days
- Spring onions – yield in 21 days
- Lettuce – yields in 30 days
- Turnips – yield in 30 to 55 days
- Zucchini – yields in 40 to 50 days
Select Fast-Growing Fruits.
If you want to sweeten your farm, select fast-growing fruit trees instead (or in addition to) vegetable crops.
- Peach trees are one of the fastest growing fruit trees. They can grow up to 15 feet within a year, and harvestable fruit appears as early as two years.
- Apple trees are also fairly fast. Within two years you will have delicious apples to eat and sell.
- Cherry trees are full grown and producing fruit within 1 to 3 years.
Use multi-purpose farm implements.
When you can, do multiple jobs at once. It may sound impossible, but with the right equipment, it’s not.
Our 6-in-1 Seeder allows you to disc, plough, fertilise, seed, cover, and roll in one pass of your ATV. Just hook up the 6-in-1 seeder to the back of your ATV and enjoy the ride. It saves you money, time, blood, sweat, and tears.