Nothing on the planet stinks more than busting your back out in the sun to care for and look after your garden only to have something go very wrong due to an overlooked critical problem. You worked hard for your new plantings and failure is the last thing you want to deal with. Don’t let any of these easily made mistakes happen to you, go that one extra step further and know what to be prepared for with this list common gardening mistakes to avoid!
Planting in the wrong space – Before doing anything else take care to fully understand the requirement of all of your intended plants. Be very certain that you know the requirements of each plant for sun, water, and also weather (temperature) that you would like to install and then place your garden beds or planters accordingly. Along with this, take some more time and check your available space before you even decide what to grow. Examine the condition of the soil, the drainage, and even how and where the sun shines best during planting and growing months. Taking the time to take stock of your yard in advance of planting anything will save you a lot of trouble down the road.
Buying unhealthy or even diseased plants – If your goal is to buy only the basic plants for your new garden and take over from there, be sure to pay attention to the plants you purchase The workers whose job it was to take care of these plants before you might not be as caring or as cautious as you are, so have a close look at the quality and color of each plant’s leaves and stems when making your buying decisions. And don’t forget to look closely for insect damage, particularly if you’re bringing baby plants to an existing garden bed. The last thing you want to do is introduce pets so a clean, bug free garden that you’ve worked hard on.
Not preparing the soil correctly – Or even attempting to correct a soil prep mistake too late! Following along with our first mistake to avoid above, you must make your soil ready to provide a welcoming home to the plants you are bringing in. Soil testing kits are available at any home improvement store or gardening center. They are inexpensive, easy to use and will tell you exactly what your soil needs before your plants move in. There are wide varieties of soil and each type will require a bit different treatment to make it a suitable home for your new plants. If you should install your new garden without first testing and preparing the soil you run the risk of your new plants not being able to grow well in their new environment.
Not sticking with a watering schedule – Each plant has their own needs and requirements in terms of watering so you should be especially careful to give each plant what it specifically needs even if you have a wide variety of fruits and vegetables within your garden. Overwatering a plant can easily drown the roots which will cause them to rot and kill the plant. On the other hand under watering a plant will cause it to become dehydrated, creating just as much damage just like you had watered too much. The secret is to group plant with the same requirements together to make watering easier. If finding the time to water is a challenge, think about installing an automatic irrigation system to do the watering for you.
Not providing enough growing space – Even though we all want a garden bursting with color, and fresh produce but if you don’t provide enough space for the baby plants to fully mature you are going to have a lot of problems when they do grow up. Too many plants in a confined space will choke each other out and nothing will grow well. Don’t install more plants than your available space can handle and provide enough space between plants to allow them to reach their full growth.
Planting an overly aggressive species – Before making any final selections, do some homework and find out what growing each plant might be like. A plant that is hardy, grows well in your climate and spreads easily might sound great but, if you don’t pay attention, you can find your small garden over-run beyond its borders. Be certain you know the growth potential of each plant and be prepared to keep aggressive growers under control.
Not weeding well – It goes without saying that your new small garden effort is going to end up with weeds. This doesn’t mean that you are a bad person, it is just nature at work. Weeds are tenacious and will find a way in despite your best efforts. Don’t attempt to make your garden unpleasant for weeds by adding chemicals during the soil prep process; those chemicals will make the ground just as unpleasant for your plants as well. Instead of instigating chemical warfare, check your new beds every day or so for any offending weeds that are trying to move in.
Some will tell you that gardening is hard work and some aspects of it certainly are. But don’t let that put you off! Having your efforts rewarded by a healthy garden full of color, produce and life is one of life’s great joys. And, now that your know what to avoid, it really won’t be that hard at all!