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Are you a beginner gardener finding yourself making common gardening mistakes?
Are you unsure how to fix these mistakes? Or even how to prevent them?
If you answered yes, you’re not alone! Every Gardener makes mistakes!
But how do you avoid making these mistakes again?
Here are eight common gardening mistakes to avoid:
1. Plant without considering space
It’s easy to forget that your plants, whether vegetables or fruits, need space to grow. According to Mother Earth News, placing plants too close together can cause them to compete for sun and other essential nutrients. To ensure proper spacing, Mother Earth News recommends keeping the bed clean and free of weeds. Weed early and often, especially during the first few weeks of a plant’s life.
This is certainly the one of which many gardeners are guilty. Roots soaked or in water can cause plants to wilt because they don’t get enough oxygen. Remember that roots need to breathe! Natural Living Ideas recommends that gardeners manage watering frequency carefully, especially in plants with fully mature roots.
3. Choosing the wrong plant
All plants are different and thrive in varying climates. Some require more humidity, while others require more sunlight. On top of that, you need to know yourself and what kind of gardener you are. For example, are you a lazy gardener who often forgets to water (that’s me!)? Succulents could be the solution for you. You should water them only once a week.
4. Not preparing the ground/garden bed
Especially in the early stages, it is important that the soil is rich and healthy for the young plants. You don’t want the soil to be too hard or too dry. According to Countryside Daily, “For clay-rich soils, you need to add sand and organic matter to prevent compaction. For sandy soils, you should add compost or well-rotted manure to improve moisture retention. and nutrients. Both suggestions allow your plants to firmly establish their roots.
5. Not using the right amount of mulch
Mulching is meant to slow or prevent the growth of weeds in your garden. It also helps retain the moisture content of the soil. Too much mulch can prevent plants from getting enough light. Too little mulch can lead to dry soil that prevents seedlings from thriving. Countryside Daily’s Gail Damerow suggests adding an inch of mulch when the plants are a few inches tall and a few inches taller when they’re half-grown.
6. Improperly Fertilizing
Fertilizing can be tricky. Most beginner gardeners want to fertilize their plants as soon they get them in the ground.
Other gardeners tend to never fertilize their plants because they are unsure what to use or how to use it.
Sometimes it can be confusing to tell if your plants are under or over-watered. In both cases,