Common Gardening Errors
Gardening is a great way to get outside, get some exercise, and enjoy the fruits (or vegetables) of your labor. But if you’re new to gardening, it’s easy to make some common mistakes. Here are a few of the most common gardening errors, and how to avoid them:
- Not Preparing the Soil
One of the most common gardening mistakes is not preparing the soil properly. Which plants grow best in your soil depends depend on the sort of soil you have. For example, clay soil is dense and doesn’t drain well, so it’s not ideal for plants that need a lot of water. If you’re not sure what type of soil you have, take a sample to your local nursery or cooperative extension office to have it tested.
- Planting the Wrong Plants
Another common mistake is planting the wrong plants for your climate or for the type of soil you have. Do your research before you buy any plants, and make sure they will be able to thrive in your garden.
- Not Watering Enough (or Too Much)
Water is essential for plants, but too much or too little can be detrimental. Overwatering can lead to root rot, while underwatering will cause the plants to wilt and eventually die. The best way to know how much water is to check the soil regularly. It’s time to water if it seems dry to the touch.
- Not Fertilizing
Plants need nutrients to grow, and one way to provide them is through fertilizer. There are many different types of fertilizer, so be sure to choose one that’s appropriate for the plants you’re growing. Also, be careful not to over-fertilize, as this can burn the roots and damage the plants.
- Not Pruning
Pruning is an important part of plant care, but it’s often overlooked. Pruning helps to encourage new growth, and it can also help to shape the plant. Be sure to prune at the right time of year for the plant you’re working with.
By avoiding these common gardening mistakes, you’ll be on your way to a thriving garden in no time!