Garden

Common mistakes of a new gardener and how could we avoid them

We learn growing plants gradually and make a lot of mistakes initially. As a new gardener, you have a constant fear of taking full care of your plants and end up getting frustrated by seeing a withered plant. Here are some common mistakes that you can avoid as a beginner gardener.

Over planting

Planting too much is the most common issue; you tend to get over-excited and end up sowing or growing a lot than you should at the beginning. Start small and select 5 herbs or vegetables that you want to grow first. It’s better to read more about what you are planting and work with empty spaces than trying for a full-fledged garden and later struggle.

 Planting out of sight

This is another easy miss. When you plant vegetables or herbs in the lonely backyard of your house or on the terrace that’s not visited often, you tend to forget to check your garden for water, weeds, pests, or manuring. Plant your vegetables and herbs in a spot such as a kitchen exit, walkway, rear patio where you frequent multiple times in a day. Timely care provided to the plants goes a long way in a handful of harvests.

 Planting in a shady spot

Although many plants don’t need full days of sun, there is no vegetable or herb that doesn’t need sunshine at all. For reference, tomato needs at least 6-8 hours of sunshine daily for them to give you a lovely crop. In case you have the home garden in a shady spot, either grow vegetables and herbs such as lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, spinach, parsley, and thyme that tolerate partial shade, or grow your plants in pots and containers and place them around the house in sunny spots.

 Growing too soon or too late

This is one of the biggest mistakes gardeners make. You need to understand your area’s weather, daily highs, and night lows, and then choose to plant a vegetable or herb that will thrive in such conditions. You would not want to waste money and time by replanting your vegetable or herb again and again as the weather changes.

Not feeding your plants effectively

Your plants depend on the sun and soil to grow effectively. Your soil should have the right nutrients needed for the particular plant you are aiming to grow. Over or under preparing the soil or choosing the wrong nutrients for the soil end up spoiling the plant.

Finally, don’t forget to harvest on time as anyonelikes over or under-ripe produce.

Priyadarshini Kaul

Priyadarshini Kaul Mishra has two Master’s Degrees in English Literature and History. She is actively following her passion for the language by being a content creator since many years now. Besides this, Priyadarshini is a true bookworm at heart and tries to be an avid reader despite being a full-time mother now. She is also a professionally certified baker and puts on the oven mitts every now and then.
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