Vegetable Gardening Tips
Nothing in the world stinks more than breaking your back out in the hot sun to care for and maintain your garden only to have something go terribly wrong due to an unexpected problem or oversight. You worked hard for your crops so the last thing you want is for something to go wrong. Don’t let any of these mistakes happen to you, go the extra mile and be prepared with this list of 7 easy to make gardening mistakes to watch out for!
- Planting in the wrong place – Always take care to look closely at the growing needs of all of your intended crops. Make sure to read the sun, water, and weather requirements for each of the fruits and vegetables that you want to grow and plant and place your garden beds or planters accordingly. Better yet you should take careful stock of your available space before you even decide what to plant, examining the soil, drainage, and even how and where the sun hits best during planting and growing months. Taking a little time to survey your yard beforehand can save you a heap of trouble down the road.
- Buying diseased or unhealthy plants – If you’re the type that just wants to buy a starter for your garden and take over from there, make sure to pay extra special attention o the plants you’re buying. The gardeners who took care of these plants before you might not be as diligent or as careful as you are, so take a close look at the quality and color of the plant’s leaves when making your choices. Also make sure to look closely for insect damage, especially if you’re bringing new plants to an existing garden bed. The last thing you want to do is introduce pets so a clean, insect free garden that you’ve worked hard on.
- Not preparing the soil – Or even trying to fix a preparation mistake too late! Going hand in hand with our first potential mistake, you should make sure that your soil is prepared and ready to take in all the new plants you’ll be planting in it. Soil testing kits are cheap and easy to use and can be found at your local gardening or home improvement store. Soil varies greatly by region and each type of soil needs something different to make it suitable for your plants. If you plant without preparing, be incredibly careful because doing work on the soil while new plants are establishing their root systems can have a disastrous effect on their growth and general health.
- Not watching your watering – Each plant has their own needs and requirements when it comes to watering so you should be especially careful if you have a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in your garden. Overwatering can drown your plants’ roots which will cause them to rot and kill your plant. On the other hand if you don’t water enough your plants will get dehydrated, causing just as much damage as if you had watered too much. You should work to find a good balance and make sure to group plants with similar watering needs together to make things easier on you. If you’re worried about watering yourself you can always purchase an automatic irrigation system which will take care of the work for you.
- Not accounting for space – Of course you want your garden to bursting at the seams with fresh fruits and veggies to enjoy, but if you pack it too full then you’re going to end up in a lot of trouble down the road when instead of tiny seeds you’ve got an overcrowded garden full of growing plants. Always make sure to zone your beds and take into account what size the plants will be when they’re grown as you pan out your available space.
- Planting an overly invasive species – Reading your plants’ tags can give you good insight on what growing them will be like. Sure a plant that’s hardy, grows well in most climates, and spreads easily sounds like it’ll be a snap to take care of but if you’re not careful you could end up seeing your tiny garden bed spread well beyond the confines of its walls. Always make sure to read your tags closely and keep any potential rampant growers well in check.
- Taking the wrong approach to weeding – Without a doubt you’re going to end up with weeds in your garden. I’m not saying you’re a bad gardener, it’s just an inevitability of nature that these tenacious plants will find a way in and stay there as best they can. If you’re preparing your space make sure not to use harsh chemicals that are going to sit in your soil and make the space just as inhospitable for your garden as it is for the weeds and while you don’t need to be inspecting your bed with a magnifying glass every hour of every day it’s a good idea to at least check your bed at least once or twice a day for any offending invasive species before they get out of control and cause permanent damage.
Gardening is hard work, but this isn’t meant to make it sound off-putting. On the contrary, now that you’re armed with this knowledge you can go into planning and maintaining your garden with the confidence of a pro that you won’t make these easy to overlook mistakes yourself.
Have you made any of these mistakes?