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Never Do These Things To Your Garden

If you are a gardener, you may have asked yourself this question at some point: why aren’t my vegetables growing? Unfortunately, it’s not always about the weeds, and sometimes we are reluctant to amend our thinking and follow some garden myths without a background check.  No matter how skilled a gardener you are, working with plants and vegetables needs a sound understanding of the soil requirements, climate and weather suitability, and prey and predator relationship, especially if your garden is home to many insects and pests. Though experience will make you a perfect gardener, there is no harm in learning and rectifying the most common mistakes you make in your garden. Hence, learn about these common planting mistakes. 

Crowding Your Plants

Most people prefer a garden overflowing with flowers and plants because it looks better than any minimalistic garden around you. Though the greens and colorful flower spots add to the beauty of your surroundings, overcrowding will set your plants on the race for space, nutrition, and growth. Before you consider the spacing, consider the plant’s mature size because it will get bigger at some point in time. Inadequate spacing is one of the prime reasons your seeds fail to germinate. 

Don’t Water Every Day

Though you may feel the urge to constantly water your plants and vegetables, you need to relax. Yes, plants do need a lot of water, but things can go haywire when you tend to water twice a day. Constantly watering your plants makes them prone and dependent heavily on water. The roots get shallow, making them difficult to thrive during drought conditions. It would be best to water at least three times a week to sustain the water for the days you did not water your plants. Moreover, your plants get tough and handle drought-like conditions when trained this way.

Do Not Use Chemicals To Get Rid Of Weeds And Pests

While you may think that your chemicals, such as pesticides and insecticides, will help eliminate pests, they can call for a more significant problem because chemicals will kill your essential insects. Use traditional methods of controlling the population of weeds and pests instead of relying on modern methods. Natural and organic-based pesticides like vinegar and diatomaceous earth work very well or even grow neem trees to keep the predators at bay. Let your beneficial insects thrive in your garden because killing them will disrupt the ecological balance causing the harmful and dangerous insects to take over. 

Do Not Ignore The Structure Of The Soil

Your soil condition will reflect on the quality of your plant growth. For example, if your soil is less on water retention, you need to plan your watering schedule well. At the same time, if your soil is loamy, it is high in water retention and will require less water. The same goes for the process of preparing your soil. Make sure to use every inch of the soil because the moment you leave it bare, you open opportunities for erosion during heavy rains, causing all the minerals to run off. 

Don’t Give Up On Shady Areas

While you may assume that the region with the highest amount of sunlight is the best, you can also grow various plants in the shaded areas. If selecting shady spots, choose plants and vegetables that survive in colder and shadier conditions, such as broccoli and lettuce. Another critical point to consider is that these damp shady spots do not require much water compared to the areas exposed directly to the sunlight. Therefore, make sure you understand your plants’ requirements before giving them spots to grow. 

Do Not Over-Fertilize

Although your plants need manure and fertilizers to grow well, making a wise selection on the type of fertilizer you wish to use becomes very important. However, does your garden require fertilizers all the time? The first step to answering this question is understanding if your garden is nutrient deficient. You can always get your soil tests for inorganic salts such as phosphates, nitrates, and sulfates to solve this mystery. Your plants will absorb nutrients from the soil when they are in need. Irregular growth is not always a sign of nutrient deficiencies. And excessively nurturing your soil with specific nutrient cases cause it to be deficient in the others. 

The bottom Line 

There you have six common mistakes or misconceptions most gardeners follow. With this knowledge, you should now be able to make sound decisions on your plant water schedules, the soil structure for growth, excessive use of fertilizers, and watering your plant unnecessarily. Be productive and make the best out of your plants and soil. So what are you waiting for? Rectify your past garden mistakes and start your garden plan right away. Good luck!