Spring Crops Tips And Benefits

What Are The Benefits Of A Sustainable Crop?

Sustainable agriculture improves the economy of crops and promotes the logical and efficient use of non-renewable resources.

Another benefit is that thanks to the use of natural resources it allows us to create a recycling center. This process can help us to take care of the Planet, the Earth, conserve natural resources and save money.

I am going to explain some tips to follow to achieve good sustainable agriculture:

Eliminate weeds:

As stubble burning has always been used, it is a very valid option to eliminate weeds being very careful with fire, you have to know how to do it and have it constantly controlled. Also pass an agricultural machine that removes the soil being very careful without moving it too much because it removes all the nutrients.

Another option would be controlled grazing, the animals that graze benefit us for the erosion of the Earth, they give us manure that will contribute to the fertility of the Earth.

Maintain soil health:

There is a practice that is the rotation of different crops that has been practiced for centuries, by changing the crop, the land remains healthy, it helps prevent the transmission of diseases.

Also the sowing of different varieties of the same crop, benefits and guarantees the genetic diversity of the plants, thus the crops are stronger and healthier.

Crops get most of their nutrients from the soil so it is very important to keep it perfect to work in. That is why resources have always been used to keep it fertile: plowing or aerating the soil.

Some farmers add crop residues, organic matter, and fertilizer compounds before tilling.

Pest Control:

Agriculture has pests and you have to know how to deal with the problem as least damaging as possible for the plant, the earth and the environment.

You have to know how to obtain an effective pest system. Some of them are not necessary to eliminate them, there are some beneficial for the cultivation.

Many of the solutions is the use of beneficial insects: wasps, ladybugs …

To end these pests, some animals are also attracted for this elimination: Birds, bats … etc


Water management is very important, you have to know how to choose the crop that is most suitable to grow.

Having an irrigation system controls the use of water and benefits economically. There are also other products to retain water: Mulch and cover crops.

In summary, it is necessary to take into account the needs of the land with which it is going to work, the environment it has and the climate of the area to carry out agricultural cultivation.

Tips For Farming In An Effective way

Tips For Doing Farming Tasks In Winter

Are you one of those who thinks that you can no longer enjoy your garden with the arrival of winter? Let me tell you that you are wrong , even growing in winter has its advantages! As much as the cold numbs us, the plants not so much (as long as it is not excessive). The key is knowing how to choose what to grow and how to prepare your garden.

The first thing to do is to check the temperature your garden is going to face, since depending on how cold it is, we will recommend using one crop or another, since some of them can withstand temperatures of up to -4ºC. The most important thing is to prepare the garden as soon as possible, taking into account if your growing area is very cold or if it suffers from frost , since if you wait until the ground is cold, it will be more difficult to face the inclement weather.

Next we are going to explain the different methodologies to follow depending on the area in which you are and the temperature.

Zone without excessive frosts and temperatures down to -1ºC

In these areas you not only have at your disposal a wide variety of crops to choose from, but you can also make them with seeds . Because the temperatures are not that low, the seed will have time to germinate and grow before the extreme temperatures begin.

Among the cultivation options, you can choose between leeks, onions, lettuce, parsley, carrots, spinach, peas … in short, a wide and delicious variety!

There is also the possibility of avoiding the sowing phase , in the event that the growing season has passed and you want to start as soon as possible or when you have a large volume of sowing and want to save time by skipping the sowing phase.

Zone with some frost and temperatures down to -6ºC

For these cases we would do as explained above in the case of not arriving in good weather and it would be possible to start with the plant directly , avoiding seeds at all costs, since in the cold they will not germinate correctly.

Among the most interesting cultivation options that endure until frost, we find leeks, radishes, beans, peas, Brussels sprouts, spinach, carrots, chard, watercress … as you can see, low temperatures do not mean that you cannot grow anything! !

Area with harsh winters

We understand harsh winters as those in which temperatures drop to -10ºC . The good news is that you can continue to enjoy your garden, although you must have a greenhouse that is responsible for raising the temperature of the environment.

Advantages of growing in winter

Finally, we would like to list those benefits that you and your crop will obtain if you choose to practice agriculture in winter.

First of all, your crops will suffer from fewer pests , so you can be calmer. Being a rainy season, you can also be less aware of irrigation , since nature itself will take care of watering your crops. On the other hand, there are crops that are better to grow at this time of year, such as chard, recula, spinach … in short, many salad leaves, which obtain a less bitter taste by not suffering from the scorching summer sun, so a better flavor is achieved.

Of course, always with the best footwear

Whatever you work in the garden, whether it is extremely cold or not, we have what you need .

Like, for example, our FOCA Oliva high boot , with the ideal height to cover up to the knees , which provides greater safety and cleanliness when carrying out agricultural work. In addition, it also has a non-slip sole and, being made entirely of PVC, it has great resistance and durability without losing a bit of comfort and lightness.

On the other hand, remember that you can add extra thermal comfort and protection from the cold to our boots with these Mavinsa accessories, as we already mentioned in this other post .

Tips For Farming In An Effective way

Tips For Sustainable Water Use In Agriculture

The world uses more and more water than the earth can offer us, so one of the most important obligations of farmers is to improve the use of water in agriculture.

Watering is one of the most common tasks in agricultural activity since without water the crops would not produce. Therefore, making sustainable use of water in agriculture is of vital importance for its sustainability, and even more so if we are talking about organic crops. You have to learn to use water efficiently, to get the most out of it, causing the least possible expense.

But in addition to the sustainability of agricultural water use due to environmental issues, there are many reasons to take care of irrigating crops. If you invest in improving and making more efficient your irrigation techniques for crops, you will be enhancing their productivity, since it stabilizes agricultural production in the face of rainfall changes. This will have a huge impact on your farm income and they won’t be as volatile.

So there are no more excuses for you not to be more prudent with the use of water in agriculture

Techniques to improve water consumption in agriculture

If you have made the wise decision to improve the use of water in agriculture, we leave you with some tips to help you achieve it.

Select the most efficient irrigation system that meets the needs of the crop. An irrigation system that consumes much more water than necessary is surface irrigation (A blanket), whereas drip or sprinkler irrigation uses less water and manages to achieve the same yields.

Study the water consumption needs of the crop in each season. In this way, the amount of water can be adjusted to the true needs and you will not waste water in times when it rains more or the water is more expensive.

Properly choose the time of day in which the production is going to be irrigated in order to avoid the evaporation of the water. Ideally, crops are watered at those times of the day when the sun is not very high, for example early in the day or late in the afternoon, in this way you will ensure that all the water used is destined for its purpose.

Avoid water losses due to runoff and infiltration beyond the reach of the roots, and adjust the use of fertilizers to the real needs of the crop and manage them properly so that no losses due to leaching occur.

Grow  Mediterranean products  that only need an extra water in addition to rain, instead of basing all production on irrigation water.