Gardening Mistakes You Don't Know You're Making

Gardening is a never-ending project, as it takes consistent maintenance and dedication to ensure plants and vegetables receive the nutrients and proper care they need to grow and stay healthy. But before you get down to business, it's important to remember these common gardening mistakes, so you can enjoy your time outside all season long.

  • Overwatering: Giving your plant too much water can encourage disease, stunt growth or even kill plants. To prevent this, it's best to water thoroughly a few times a week rather than watering your plants lightly and regularly.
  • Crowding plants: Allot a sufficient amount of space for larger vegetables ' like tomatoes and cucumbers ' as they need plenty of space to grow. If you crowd larger vegetables, it can lead to damaged stems, which may break, and cause root damage. If you're short on space, you can always try to grow plants vertically on a trellis or wall planter. 
  • Pruning at the wrong time: Trimming certain plants during the wrong season can inhibit growth and may welcome disease. This is why you need to know the maintenance requirements for each plant in your yard, as well as which pruning tools are most appropriate to use on specific flowers, plants and shrubs.
  • Not checking quality of soil: The success of your garden starts with the quality of your soil. If it isn't draining properly or lacks certain nutrients, plants will struggle to grow properly. To prevent, or if plants look limp and weak, test the pH levels of your soil. This will help you determine what your soil needs to create a healthy growing environment.
  • Plant placement: Some plants, like sunflowers and bell peppers, require direct sunlight to grow properly, while others like cauliflower need partial exposure to sun and a specific amount of shade. To help make sure plants are receiving the right amount of sunlight, it's useful to sketch your garden layout ahead of time so you can help place plants appropriately in your garden.