6 Common Gardening Mistakes & Solutions

by Jiney ChoApril 24, 2013

If you’re ready to get your hands dirty, be sure to avoid making these common mistakes to ensure that your garden is in full bloom.

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1. Under or Overwatering

Some plants that need to stay consistently moist and others need to dry out between each watering. The first step in avoiding drying your plants out or drowning them is to know your plant’s moisture requirements. Read the label or ask a specialist to get the correct information. To regulate the amount of water you give to your plants, use an irrigation system or a watering can with measure marks. Also, consider scheduling reminders on your smart phone to keep you on schedule.

2. Using Pots Without Drainage Holes

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Unless you’re handling aquatic plants, make sure you use pots with proper drainage. Plants in pots without drainage holes tend to drown. They need oxygen in the soil to thrive so, if you can, create your own holes or check and ensure that all your plants have sufficient drainage.

3. Planting in the Wrong Area

How much sun does your plant need? Some plants and crops (such as tomatoes, roses, and butterfly bushes) need tons of sunlight while others (like aloe, peace lilies, and Boston ferns) don’t need as much. Avoid rotting and attracting pests by researching what conditions are ideal for your plants and make sure that your garden meets those requirements.

4. Not Prepping the Soil

If your garden isn’t yielding the bountiful harvest that you previously imagined, it may be from lack in soil preparation. Before you garden, prep the soil by loosening at least 12 inches and then add several inches of compost.

5. Too Much Pesticide

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Using pesticides to clear an area for the garden can cause that soil to be unusable for years. Instead of harsh pesticides, use a natural solution by mixing equal amounts of hot water and vinegar. Spray on grass and weed areas for several days until they turn brown, and voilà! The grass and weeds will be easier to remove.

6. >Mixing Invasive Plants with Your Garden

Do your research! Brush up on your botanical Latin; it will be helpful to find out what type of plant you are working with. Invasive plants include horseradish, spiderwort, and English ivy. These types of plants tend to take over and “invade” the garden. If you decide to go with a species like this, be sure to keep them in separate containers.
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