If you have been gardening for years, there is no way that you have not made a lot of mistakes. Growing a garden is no easy job, especially for a beginner. There is a lot to take into consideration and a lot to easily forget. Success comes with experience but after reading this short article, you will be prepared for those mistakes that happen to every gardener at least once. Possibly, you may even not make them.
Mistake 1: Planting Too Early or Too Late
The most common mistake with beginner gardeners is the timing. The excitement behind starting a new hobby is understandable but you should not plant your seeds too early. If you plant the seeds too early, you will need to transplant them to your soil early as well. If it is too cold outside, the frost will easily end their life.
The case is practically the same with planting too late. If you wait till the hot days of summer to plant your vegetables, for example, you will hardly see any ripe fruits. In fact, the plants will not have enough time to grow large enough before the frost comes back in the late months of the year.
The right time for planting seeds is at the beginning of spring. Of course, every year is different, if the spring came early this year, it may come late next year. In this case, there is one useful thing to do. You can simply get informed about the frost dates for your particular region. This way, you can be sure that you are at least doing it at the right time.
Of course, certain plants and vegetables need to be planted at different times. The safest way to know and not make a mistake is to get familiar with the planting times for each one. This information should be presented on each seed package but for complete security ask a professional or a neighbor who has been gardening for a longer period of time.
Mistake 2: Too much water or not enough water
Getting used to watering your plants is also not so easy and is a common mistake with beginner gardeners. Consistency is the most important aspect of watering. Try to do it at the same time every day and do not forget to do it. Inconsistent watering leads to stressed plants which can lead to diseases, pests, and eventually, death. Of course, if you find out that your plants have enough water to last another day, you should skip a day and wait.
Next, we have overwatering and under-watering. Too much water may lead to roots rotting which may eventually lead to the death of the plant itself. Not enough water will dry your plants which leads to the same end result.
There are few ways to know whether your plants have received too much water or not enough water. You can always purchase a moisture meter but assuming you do not want to spend any more money, there is an easier way to do it. All you need is your finger.
All you need to do is stick a finger in the soil up to the second knuckle. If you feel moist at the tip of your finger, do not water the plants that day. If you feel dryness, however, continue and give them more water.
As time goes by, you will get used to how much water your plants need. But before you gain that knowledge, be careful.