Growing Guide

Our aim is to help a global population grow, so here is a few tips, tricks and techniques to try.

Time and time again, we hear the same objections to growing organic fresh produce. Gardening is too hard and technical, I don’t know where to start, I tried but my plants kept dying or pests keep eating all my crops. So many of them purchased goods through a large well known retailer where staff are not trained or experienced, their goods are inferior and over priced and stores are filled with toxins like pesticides, insecticide, herbicide or other chemicals.

We want people to be able to grow their own fresh produce and taste what real food tastes like. Fresh is best. Even if you rent, have time constraints or have minimal funds you can have your own productive garden. See below:

Objections

  • My plants die or get attacked by pests - Our grow guide will move you from beginner to novice - Click here for more
  • No space for a garden - Grow upwards using a wall garden or use a grow garden, indoors or outdoors.- Click here
  • I do not have the time - You can add tap timers, soaker hoses and water crystals to overcome this - Click here to view
  • No money for a garden - Did you know you can grow your own garden from food scraps? - Click here to watch videos
  • I rent or do not own - You can grow in pots or in a portable raised garden beds.using quality products - Click here to see

Healthy soils

Growing organic, where do I start?

Soil

The soil is the most important feature and will control what grows above and below the ground. Grey clay soils, sandy loam, dry brown, red crystalline rock and all types of soils with positives and negatives.

Soil Types - (Link)

pH

Once you know your soil, then you need to know its PH so you can adjust to grow your preferred crops. To raise PH use lime dolomite and to lower PH use sulphur powder. 7 in neutral, less than 7 is acidic, more than 7 is alkaline with most plants growing well in a soil range of 5.5-7.0. Now that the hard part is over and you know your soil and PH, it is time to get planting. Where you live, its climate and the time of year will determine what grows best in your region.

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Placement

Now that you know the soil, PH, climate and suggested crops it’s time to give them the best chance and giving you lots of delicious food. Planting from seed, seedlings or established the same rules apply. Always read the instructions on the pack or with the plant.

  • Position and planning - Do you crops require full sun, part sun or shade?
  • Planting height and widths - Essential to ensure best outcomes, a plan
  • Crop or ground covers - Do the plants need protection from pests and weather?
  • Getting yield in every field - How long will it take to grow and harvest?

What to grow, where and when - (Link)

Companion Planting

Companion planting is the careful placement of plants which have been shown to have beneficial effects on one another and attract good bugs. IPM known as integrated pest management is a farming technique being used to reduce chemicals on farm, attract beneficial insects, repel pests and provide nutrients, shade and support. Combined with lures, traps and pheromone kits it has huge benefits on farm so why would it not be used in the garden.

How to guide

Feed me

Like us plants need a drink and a feed, so we suggest pick a day then tend to the garden after you have had breakfast or dinner. If you can’t be bothered then fed your plants with slow release fertilizers and set up an automated watering system with tap timers, soaker hose, sprinklers, drip lines, misters etc. to do it for you.

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At Global, we improve yields in every field

What is wrong with my plant?

A common question from growers after buying plants and seeds from large but poorly educated outlets, the good news is using our products that the professionals use can give them the best chance of survival. Using the chart provided and document below to assess your plant and diagnose the problem.

Diagnostics

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Pests and disease – how can I fix it?

Buying cheap plants and using cheap products on them you can almost guarantee you’ll end up here. So what you think you have “saved” will now be spent on trying to resolve the issue. Below is a list of potential problems and some suggestions on how to overcome them.

Weather Conditions

A windy, hot, wet, frost and/or dry environment should not prevent you from growing fresh.

  • DIY - Take all the variables out of the equation by using a greenhouse, nursery, glass house or shade house
  • Hot or Windy - A number of horticultural fabrics can acts as a wind break, hail net or provide shade
  • Seaweed - Add a spray before extreme heat or frost occurs to make plants more resilient
  • Wet or Frosty - Using crop and ground covers like cloche film and black mulch film fixes this issue

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Weeds

  • Ground control - Growing in raised lined garden beds or burn them for an organic option
  • Herbicide - Organic herbicides such as pine oil, nonanoic acid or other chemical alternatives
  • Mulch - Reduce weeds, increase nutrients and retain soil temperatures for optimum growth
  • Weed seed - Covering with wet newspaper, mulch or black mulch film will kill them off.

Friend or Foe – What is a Weed - (Link)

Growing your own crops is very rewarding and a great way to keep a healthy happy family. Any surplus can be used in a barter, swapped with a neighbour or sold raw, in a jam, spreads, sauces and much more. Enjoy and get growing!

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NOTE: The information provided is general in nature and should be used as a guide only. For specific problems and for your own crop and conditions ask an expert such as an agronomist or trained professional.