In gardening, we are all bound to make some mistakes, even seasoned gardeners have made their shares of recklessness. But making mistakes is not a bad thing, it is part of the learning process. Not learning from those mistakes, now, that is bad.
Growing crops in your garden is not as difficult as it seems, you just need to know some practical measures, some hard work and a little bit of luck. For some beginners, it can really be so frustrating when things go wrong, especially when you have no idea what and how things went wrong.
Some of the common mistakes that we make in the garden could have been avoided if a little planning was done in the first place. Oftentimes, we fail on one of the basic things to consider before starting and that is the amount of time we can spare or dedicate for gardening. Maintaining a vegetable garden requires time, effort and most importantly, patience!
We become very excited and try to take on something too much to handle, particularly beginners who are starting their very first garden project. So, they start out with a big garden which often comes with a big problem. As a beginner, your skill also needs time to grow and if you’re working alone in your garden, it’s better to start with a manageable size.
Another mistake is not giving attention to the type of soil in the garden which can spell disaster for your crops. Soil is where your plants will be getting the nutrients they need to grow. You therefore need to have it tested before you start planting. Testing your soil will tell you what nutrients it holds including its pH level. Then you can make the necessary adjustment to correct the soil’s present condition and help you decide on what appropriate crops to plant. And if the type of soil you have is not good for planting, you may consider building raised beds and create your own soil for the type of crops you want to plant.
Location, location, location! There are bad garden locations. To have a productive garden, it must receive good amount of sunlight throughout the day. Knowing your plants and their needs is just as important. Remember, not all plants are to be treated the same. There are plants that enjoy a lot of sunshine and can grow in just about any soil while other, requires rich soil and prefers to be in shady places. Do some observation on how much sunlight each part of your garden receives during the day so you will know the spot where you are going to put the plant. Planting too far from your water source is really, really bad, unless you don’t mind bucketing water back and forth twice a day. And over-watering is just as damaging as under-watering. Be sure to consider your water source.
Gardening can be fun, healthy and a very effective de-stressing activity when you are able to dedicate your time and energy to ensuring that your crops grow beautifully. And when it’s harvest time, that’s when the rewards come.
Have fun gardening!