Gardening is a very popular activity in the United States. According to the statistics, over 117 million people grabbed tools and headed out to work with plants in the spring of 2017. There's something calming and purposeful about making plants grow with your own hands.
But we all want to see the results of our labor. Gardening can be very tricky, and there are many little things that can make or break your plantation. Let's review some of the most common mistakes even an experienced gardeners do, and how to fix them.
#1. Not prepping the beds.
Planting a seed into a seemingly moist soil isn't good enough; it can dry out very fast and stunt the growth of the roots. Make sure to add enough of compost to loosen the ground, which will give your seeds plenty of room to develop.
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#2. Forgetting to adjust the soil.
The soil changes from season to season. Weather conditions can strip away important minerals, which many forget to check. It's advised to check your soil's pH levels every season to make sure it's ready to produce good plants.
#3. Improper watering.
There are two things you can do wrong: overwater your plants and do shallow watering. Both can be lethal for your plants. Surprisingly, the solution is the same in both cases. Pick longer intervals to water your plants and do it deeply. This will ensure the roots are getting enough hydration but are not drowning in water.
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#4. Misplacing the plants.
Never put your sunloving plants in the shadow. Most vegetables need to be in the sunlight throughout the entire day. Pick the spots very carefully.
#5. Not following the seasons.
Almost every single plant depends on the time of season. Miscalculating even by a month can leave you empty-handed. Get yourself a gardening calendar and follow it to a T.
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#6. Forgetting to prune bushes and trees.
Prunning is difficult, we know. But without it, you most likely won't see any fruit that year. Invasive branches can get in the way of proper flowering, as a result leaving you with nothing. Take your time to do it once a year - your trees and bushes will thank you.
#7. Prunning at the wrong time.
If you prune too early, tender branches can get a frost and become damaged. But if you do it too late, you risk catching your trees and bushes in the dormancy period, so prunning won't make a difference.
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#8. Choosing a wrong day to use weed killer.
Spray weed killer on a sunny and windless day. This way, you'll avoid the risk of the poison being carried into the plants nearby, and sun helps it dry out on the chosen patch of weeds quicker.
#9. Adding invasive plants.
Every area has plants that shouldn't be there, that's why nature gets rid of them. If you found an exotic flower or a bush you want to add to your garden, first check if it agrees with your area to avoid the risk of them turning into weeds.
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#10. Planting single self-sterile plants.
Some trees and plants need two or more different types of it for pollination, for example, apple trees. Check which of your plants needs company to produce and expand your garden accordingly.
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#11. Overusing pesticides.
We know you want to protect your garden from annoying pests and weeds. But vigorous use of pesticides can also destroy vital pollinators. Cut down on the use of chemicals and monitor how it affects your garden.
#12. Overstocking on bulbs.
Everyone loves a good deal, but don't go too crazy on buying a lot of bulbs just 'cause the price works for you. You might run a risk of overbearing your garden. Learn how many bulbs you need for your area and stick to it. Don't try to sneak in a little bit more - they will only get in each other's way.
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#13. Not giving trees enough distance from your house.
Trees need to grow, and your house can get in their way. You don't want to be prunning the branches all the time, do you? Plus, roots can mess with your foundation, so choose your tree spots carefully.
#14. Planting the vegetable on the same spot every year.
Rotate your crops. If you put plants from the same family on the same spot each year, you might be subjecting them to a depleted soil from last year. It's always a good idea to give your soil some time to regenerate.
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Gardening can be very beneficial for your mental health, but if you don't do it right, you can get stressed and upset. Make sure you care properly about your plants and enjoy a good crop year after year.
The material in this article is for informational purposes only. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not recommend that the reader rely fully on the information provided above.