July 04, 2019 2 min read

Mistakes are usual in everyday life. If you are a newbie on planting and gardening, fear not for mistakes are made even by experts, but they can be avoided by gaining enough knowledge in the field. Here are the seven common gardening mistakes and how you can avoid them.

Gardening in Unsuitable Location

For someone new to gardening, you might get excited about how you should plant all your favorite plants and flowers, but be mindful of where you are planting them and where you are maintaining a garden, as the surrounding environment can be crucial to a healthy garden.

That is why Master Gardeners are always learning about the environment in which they maintain their garden. Putting in the time to get to know your surroundings can be the make or break difference between a healthy home garden and one that struggles to survive

Learn the Watering Techniques

Many new gardeners can unnecessarily cause harm to their garden by making simple mistakes with how often and how much they water their plants. It is important to keep track of how often you water as well as how much water you are using when watering your plants. Keep an eye on the soil and make sure to not drown out your plants with too much water

Watering Plants

Be Mindful of Spaces

Pictures of gardens on glossy magazines seem jam-packed yet attractive. However, compressed plants can cause a lot of problems like blocking nutrients and moisture.

Mostly, seed packaging comes with spacing instructions to follow. However, if you’re not sure, leave more space in between the plants better to be safe than sorry.

Planting at the Wrong Time

Check whether your choice of plant suits the current temperature or weather in your location. Ask local gardeners and plant sellers, where you’d be getting your seeds if it is best to plant it at the particular time of year.

Excessive Fertilizer and Pesticide Use

Most gardeners would reach for the spray once they see insects on their plants. Instead, gardeners should know for sure if the insects are harmful or damaging the plants. If you decided to use a pesticide spray, start with the least toxic and apply it every night or once the insects leave the area. If the infestation is present look for the reason why. You may check light conditions, moisture, and soil; pests usually attack weak plants.

Fertilizer

Wrong Planting Depth

Most plants tend to benefit with a position that the crown is slightly above the soil surface. As seed packages indicate spacing needed, pay attention to the depth information too.

Planting Poisonous plants

Avoid planting anything that could potentially harm your curious pets or children.

Poisonous Plants

Summing Things Up

If you want a home garden, be it an indoor or outdoor garden, learn how to take care of it. You don’t need to be a master green thumb. Just be mindful of the do’s and don’ts in gardening and nurture your knowledge as your plants grow.


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