Gardening will become very easy if you avoid these common mistakes. For the successful production of your plants, you should follow the common instructions regarding gardening. Here we are going to discuss some common mistakes, and hope this article will help you and make your life easier.
1- GROW THINGS YOU LIKE TO EAT
The best thing about vegetable gardening is that you get fresh veggies for your kitchen. One thing you should keep in your mind, especially, at the time of selecting vegetables for growing. All the vegetables you choose for your garden should be your favorite ones.
It is best to choose the plants that you have an appetite for. The main reason for not growing veggies you don’t like is that they do not give you enough motivation to take care of them. If you choose vegetables that you and your family don’t like it means you will waste your time and space so make the right decision and avail full advantage of gardening in your yard or Garden.
2- SOWING SEEDS TOO EARLY
To get the best yield, you should sow the seeds on time. All the instructions and information is given on the packet of seeds so if you are a beginner you should be careful about the time of planting seeds. Not so early or not too late the best time of sowing is from March to May.
You must be waiting until the last frost has passed. Most of the plants can’t tolerate harsh winter, so see the packets of seeds to get full basic information about the plant’s behavior towards the weather. Don’t be so impatient to sow seeds on the 1st of March but according to the instruction. You should make a plan and follow the planting schedule to prevent mistakes.
In the spring season, the weather is very unpredictable so you should cover your plants with plastic bottles or row covers so they can survive and endure the weather changes. Keep in your mind, plant your summer plants not too soon because the soil temperature is not favorable for seed germination.
3- DON’T SOW ALL THE SEEDS AT ONCE
As mentioned above, you should not be impatient about planting seeds, in the same way, you should not sow all the seeds of the packet at once. The best way of planting is to sow the seeds after some time. If you sow the seeds of lettuce at the same time you will get all the lettuce at once.
It is not possible to consume all yield of lettuce at the same time. You should sow little and often for those vegetables which can’t store well easily and you can’t use them for a long time. This is a common mistake that most gardeners do while planting their favorite seeds of veggies.
4- NOT USING MULCH
As a newbie, most of the gardeners can’t understand the importance of mulch. They don’t know the benefits of it. The main advantages of mulch are:
● Protect soil from erosion
● The major source is providing primary nutrients to the plants through soil.
● It prevents the weeds from sprouting.
● It helps the soil to retain moisture.
Mulching is spreading a layer of straw, mushrooms compost, garden compost seaweed cardboard, and old-aged manure. The type and quantity of mulch depend upon the weather of your area. So choose the best type according to your climate.
5- NOT UNDERSTANDING THE SOIL
There are many types of soil but the basic categories are acidic, alkaline, and neutral. When you are choosing the plants for your yard or garden you should consider that type of soil very seriously and grow those plants that like the taste of your soil.
Not doing a soil test is a big mistake which is done by many gardeners. Most beginners think that their soil is for all types of crops. It is not true a soil test will help you to tell you about the nutrients of your soil.
The soil consistency and particle types are known as clay, chalk, loam, silt, sand, and peat. If the soil test will show you that you have challenging soil then you should amend it by adding compost and garden lime.
6- LEAVING OUT SOIL AMENDMENTS
After checking the soil type you should add amendments according to the nature of the soil. Soil is a living organism it can change and evolve due to the rainfall, lake of drainage, and soil runoff.
The pH of the soil is very important after checking it you can add necessary amendments a few weeks before the growing period starts. Your vegetable garden needs a proper amount of compost and manure to give you a high-quality harvest.
7- OVERWATERING AND SHALLOW WATERING
Don’t show your excessive love to your plants by overwatering. If you are enthusiastic about your plants then don’t kill them by overwatering. For this purpose, you should do some research about the plants which you are growing in your garden and water them according to their needs, some plants need more water while some need less.
When your plants develop their roots then you should water them according to systematic intervals. Your plants are living organisms they need to breathe, dampening them causes stress and results in less yield.
The other reason for damaging the plants is shallow watering. Most of the gardeners like to give a nice shower to the plant but avoid the roots. This is the reason why our plants look tired in the middle of the day. As you know plants absorb water from their roots so try to give them water deeply. Drip irrigation or leaky hose watering is best for deep watering.
8- SCARING AWAY POLLINATORS WITH PESTICIDES
Pests are not good for your plants and you do many precautions to get rid of them but if you are overprotective then you will also scare away pollinators in the name of pests.
Pollinators are very important in the growth of your plant so you should try to adopt many ways to attract them so you will get the best yield of your edible plants.
9- PLANTING THE SAME VEGETABLES IN THE SAME PLACE YEAR AFTER YEAR.
The most common mistake which is done by the Gardner is that they grow the same plants in the same area repeatedly. Some gardeners have an area designed for growing vegetables but growing plants of the same family over a year and year will be a huge mistake.
This will become the reason for diseases and pests to colonize the same area. Fungal blight, spots, and rusts become a headache for you. They will permanently make a home in the soil and wait for the successive growing period. If you want to break the life cycle of the pests, you should rotate the plants, it is an ideal solution to this problem.
10- TRYING TO CLEAR LAND BY HAND
If you have neglected to plot and you want to grow plants on it then don’t try to clear it by hand. It is a tough job, it is better to use weed suppressants or spreading mulch over the soil.
The best eco-friendly method is to use compost, seaweed, and natural fiber carpets to cover the soil. The best thing is that you should stop the weed from growing in the first place and don’t allow them to spread.
11- NOT LEARNING ABOUT PESTS AND WEEDS
Pests and weeds are a hindrance to the healthy growth of plants. If you are going to start gardening then you should do some research. For this purpose, you can ask your neighbors how they are fighting weeds and pests. Try to adopt natural ways to combat them, if you are growing edible plants then chemicals are not good for your plants.
If you want to avoid the growth and multiplication of weeds, make it possible, clean your garden regularly. Pulling the weed and picking up the infected leaves will keep your garden clean.
12- SHYING AWAY FROM EXPERIMENTING
New experiments are good for learning new things. Experiments are good for both beginners as well as experienced gardeners trying to grow new varieties of plants but especially the ones you like to eat. Make gardening fun for you, if you don’t do this then it will become a simple chore. Don’t make it boring but make it creative by adopting different techniques and ideas.
13- FRIENDS GARDENING ADVANTAGES
To become a better and experienced gardener, you should get advice from the other experienced person. If your friends are gardeners then you can take suggestions from them.
Most people share their personal experiences related to gardening and you can take advantage of it. But if there is no one around you who are growers then you can join Facebook groups and forums to get knowledge about gardening. It’s amazing to learn from others and motivate yourself to continue growing.
14- GROW PLANTS FROM SEEDS
Growing plants from seeds are the best way for planting. It is more expensive to buy plants than packets of seeds. If you want to adopt a cost-effective way to grow plants then you should move towards buying seeds rather than buying plants. I know it is very manageable to buy plants but if your budget is tight and you want to save money then go for sowing seed.
15- NOT UNDERSTANDING THE FERTILITY REQUIREMENT OF DIFFERENT PLANTS
Digging the lawn and planting seeds is not enough. Most of the time your soil doesn’t have all the basic nutrients which plants need. First, you should check the nature of the soil and the requirements of your plans which you are growing in your soil.
After that, you should add ample compost and manure at the beginning of the growing season. If you want a healthy harvest of vegetables then you should feed the soil not your plants.
16- PLANTING OUT OF SEASON
Planting at the wrong time is another most common mistake. You should grow the plants according to the weather requirement of specific plants.
For this purpose you can take the advice of a local gardener or the other thing is the gardening calendar of your locality which will help you for getting better results.
17- NOT PROVIDING PROTECTION
Your plants need to be protected from the invaders such as birds. environ mesh is very helpful to protect your plants from heavy winds and rains. At the same time, it is very effective against pests. You can use a wire hoop to hold the environment mesh but make sure that the edges are well secured so insects cannot easily be entered inside easily.