Okay, so you’ve just started gardening.
Maybe you’ve been thinking about it for a while, or maybe you just decided to jump in headfirst after seeing some beautiful plants at the store.
Whatever the case, you’re excited to get started.
But before you start planting willy-nilly, there are a few rookie gardening mistakes that you’ll want to avoid.
Let’s start by saying that making mistakes is part of the process. We’ve all been there, and we’ve all made our share of errors when it comes to gardening. The key is to learn from those mistakes so that you can avoid making them in the future.
One idea that we love is finding a gardening buddy – someone who can help you troubleshoot problems, give you advice, and generally just be there to chat about your shared love of plants.
If you don’t have a gardening buddy, don’t worry – the internet is full of gardening forums and groups where people are more than happy to help out a fellow gardener.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way let’s take a look at some of the most common beginner gardening mistakes.
One of the most common mistakes is not preparing the soil before planting. This is especially important if you’re starting a garden from scratch. The soil is the foundation of your garden, and if it’s not healthy, your plants will struggle to grow.
To prepare the soil, you’ll need to add organic matter – things like compost, manure, and leaves. This will help to improve the drainage, aeration, and nutrient content of the soil.
It’s also important to choose the right plants for your garden. Just because a plant is pretty doesn’t mean it will do well in your garden. You’ll need to take into account the amount of sun and shade in your garden, as well as the type of soil you have.
If you’re not sure what plants will do well in your garden, ask a gardening expert or consult a gardening book.
Another common mistake is planting seeds too early. This is especially common in the spring when everyone is eager to get their gardens started. However, if you plant your seeds too early, they may not germinate, or they may die off before the weather gets warm enough.
It’s important to wait until the soil has warmed up before planting your seeds, and if you’re not sure when that is, you can always consult a gardening book or ask a gardening expert.
Finally, one of the most common beginner gardening mistakes is not watering your plants enough. This is particularly true for new gardeners who are still getting used to the needs of their plants.
Plants need different amounts of water depending on the type of plant, the time of year, and the weather. For example, during hot summer days, your plants will need more water than they would during cooler days.
If you’re not sure how much water your plants need, a good rule of thumb is to water them deeply once a week. This means watering them until the soil is saturated.
Remember, gardening is a process, and it takes time to learn. The key is to be patient, take your time, and enjoy the process. And if you make a mistake, don’t worry – we’ve all been there. Just learn from it and move on.
Have fun and happy gardening!