It doesn't matter if you've been gardening for years or you are just now planning your first garden, your success will be determined by how well you can avoid gardening errors that sabotage the success of your plants. You will learn a lot as you gain experience in gardening; however, it isn't necessary to practice trial and error in order to know what to do to garden successfully. This report will focus on mistakes gardeners make. Once you know what these mistakes are, you can prevent from making them in your garden.
If you want productive plants, you need to make sure you give them enough room to grow. Location is very important and, in order to choose the correct location for your garden, you must know how much space each plant will need as this tends to vary among plants. Here's the problem. When you buy flats of plants, they are small and this can be misleading as to the actual space they will need. Tangled roots are just one of the problems that can happen when plants are not spaced a sufficient distance from one another. If you don't have a lot of room for a garden, you can use container gardening or simply limit the variety of plants you plant. When you buy your plants, or if you look on the packet of seeds, the space requirements will be clearly spelled out. Make sure you adhere to these directions. With experience you will learn that certain seeds require certain depths at which they should be planted. Something as basic as this can result in failure for your plants. You may have top notch planting medium and fertilizer; however if you fail to plant your seed at the required depth, it will not thrive. If a seed is not planted deep enough, it will not be properly nourished by the soil. If you have planted your seed to far down it may not get adequate light and may drown in too much water. A rule of thumb to follow would be the more arid the growing conditions; the deeper you will plant your seed. The bigger the actual seed is; the further down it will need to go. If you buy seeds with specific directions, follow them accordingly.
As you probably know, sunlight is essential to the plant growing process and each plant has different requirements. Once you are able to figure out how much each plant needs, you can plant your garden with confidence. Six hours is the general rule for most vegetables though it may vary. It is also important to know how much sunlight will actually shine on the area where your garden will be. If sunlight is not something that is abundant in your area, some plants actually like shade instead. An excess of sunlight is also a problem so make sure this does not take place either. Some plants will do better with reflected sunlight and will wither from too much direct sun.
To avoid all of the common mistakes, especially those made by beginning gardeners, do your due diligence before planting this year. At the same time, don't let the fear of making mistakes stop you from enjoying your garden. All gardeners make mistakes so don't worry about making one or two along the way. Each year, you will learn from your mistakes, and become a better gardener overall.
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