5 Worst Gardening Mistakes

As someone who’s always loved gardening, but has never really been all that good at it, I’ve made a few mistakes in my time. Well, more than a few-let’s call it an even hundred. Some words of wisdom from my grandmother and hard work through trial-and-error have led me to create this list. If you want your plants to grow strong instead of keel over, read on!

Too Much/Too Little Water

Too much enthusiasm can leave a plant too wet for comfort, and the poor thing is likely to drown. Likewise, too little water will leave your plant high and dry. Before watering your plant, familiarize yourself with its specific moisture requirements, and keep on checking its soil to be sure its doing alright. A good rule of thumb is to put your finger in the soil up to about the knuckle, to feel its moisture level. Is it dry? If it is, it’s time to water.

Misplaced Plants

The sun can be a blessing on cold winter days, but too much or too little can spell the end for your leafy friend. It’s important to know how much (or how little) shade it’ll need; usually, this depends on its preferred moisture level. Find out if your plant likes shade, or if the sun is its pal, and plant accordingly.

Crowded Living

Space is important-not just for us, but for your plants, too! When you buy a new plant, check its tag for info on how much space it needs, and really make an effort to listen. If it needs more space than looks right, you could always plant some annuals to fill in the gaps, and create a fun, lush look for your garden.

Keep it Simple

It’s easy to get caught up in the rush of planting-trust me, my poor garden can attest to that. However, too much planting for someone just starting out can quickly become overwhelming, and you’ll fund yourself frustrated and tired. The best advice I can offer is to create a low-maintenance garden with minimal watering requirements. You’ll be able to experience the joy of caring for a garden with more time free to sit back and really take it all in.

Read Up!

The world of planting and gardening is vast, and you need to educate yourself before diving in. Check around online, or pick up a book; you can never be too prepared. A good starting place is learning the upkeep and growth cycles of whatever plant has caught your eye, and then picking complimentary plants from there.

Well, that’s all I have to say at the moment. Good luck, and happy gardening!

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