Our Gardening Mistakes We All Make

Neglecting the soil.

Your soil is important. It is the foundation of your garden, and will impact everything from how well your plants grow to how long they stay alive.

The first step to preparing soil is picking the right type. While it may be tempting to head over to a local big box store for a quick fix, you’ll be better off heading down to your local gardening supply store instead.

Local stores have soil that’s specific to your location – they will understand what works best where you live and can help personalize it just for you. This is especially important if you’re new to the area, or plant different types of gardens throughout the year.

If you live in an apartment, then make sure you look into indoor gardening kits! These are perfect for small spaces and will give you all of the tools that you need without taking up a ton of room​


Over-watering is one of our most common mistakes.

When we over water, it can cause root rot and waterlogging. Signs of over-watering include wilting, yellowing, dying and mushy plants.


Under-watering is a common problem. If a healthy root system hasn’t been established, the plant tends to wilt and die. If you can find it in yourself to water your plants at least once a day, they will grow much faster and healthier.

This can be even more of an issue if you have potted plants. When things are planted directly in the ground, mother nature has a way of helping out with moisture, but this isn’t the case when using pots and containers.

Some plants need more water than others because they have shallower roots or other characteristics that make them require more moisture than usual. Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, melons and squash all fall into this category. On the other hand – potatoes and cabbage don’t need as much water since their roots are deep enough to absorb moisture from below the surface of the soil.

Not thinking about pests and weeds.

Pests and weeds can do a lot of damage to your garden throughout the year, so it is important to make sure that you keep on top of controlling these. Weeds compete for nutrients in the soil and water, meaning that your plants will not be able to grow as well. Pests can eat your plants and can also carry diseases which may spread to other parts of your garden.

Make sure you use chemical control or hand removal methods to get rid of these unwanted guests from destroying your beautiful garden.

Not knowing when to plant.

Many of us are guilty of not really knowing which plants should be planted when. We make the mistake of thinking that we can go out and purchase plants at the store and stick them straight into the ground without thinking about what time of year it is. However, the best thing to do is to learn more about your plants so you know if they are suited for that particular season.

Some plants are hardier than others, and these will grow better in certain seasons than other less hardy varieties. For example, some types of lettuce grow better in the winter while others thrive in the hot summer months. You may want to consider planting this variety during both times, but you shouldn’t just plant it at any point during those two seasons because it may not perform as well as another type that has been specifically designed for one or two specific months out of twelve possible!

Planting too shallow.

Another common mistake is planting too shallow. To understand why this is a problem, it’s helpful to look at how plants grow.

Plants send out roots from their seeds, or from the lower part of the stem. If you plant your seeds too shallow, they won’t have enough room to grow and expand in the soil, causing them to dry out or die. It’s also important to make sure that you’re planting your seeds deep enough because if they’re not, they’ll be more likely to get infected by fungus and pests. So if you want healthy plants that can survive in any environment, it’s essential to know how deep they need be planted!

Ignoring the need for sunlight.

It’s important to get the right amount of sunlight in your garden. Too little can cause plants and flowers to be weak and produce fewer flowers, while too much sun may cause some plants to suffer from sunburn. It is therefore important that you know how much sun your garden will receive throughout the day. Here are some tips: Sun exposure varies according to location, weather conditions and time of year so check this first before buying any plants or shrubs. You should also take into account whether it will be exposed by trees at different times during the day or if its position means that only direct sunlight reaches certain areas for a short period of time.

Not harvesting on time.

Not harvesting on time is easily one of the biggest mistakes we all make as gardeners.

There are several reasons why this happens. Usually, it’s because we don’t have a clear idea of when our plants will be ready.

And then there are those situations where you do know when to harvest but you don’t want to give up your plant!

In either case, learning how to know when to harvest your plants and having a plan for storing them can help prevent you from falling into that trap.

Not protecting your plants from the elements.

You know how you’re really proud of your garden, and you just want it to thrive? I’ve made many mistakes along the way on my gardening journey, but this is a pretty common one. It’s important for all plants to get enough sun, rain and wind (depending on the type), but if you have plants that need protection from too much wind, sun or rain then you’re going to have problems. Some plants are more susceptible than others. The main culprits I can think of at the moment: baby cacti, young succulents, lettuce and some flowers like hydrangeas.

Some things that help me now are:

  • having a shade cloth – although it can take time to set up
  • having a planter box with steps – they can keep your delicate plants off the ground
  • planting in areas that get less sun / less rain / less wind – using your judgement when setting out your garden

Avoid these mistakes to have a better garden

  • A garden with no sunlight usually doesn’t have much of a chance.
  • Water is essential to the survival of most plants.
  • The condition of your soil is one of the most important factors in determining whether or not your plants will thrive.
  • Pests, diseases, and weeds are all threats that can lead to poor plant growth or death.
  • Planting at the wrong time of year means that your plants may never even have a chance to grow properly before winter comes again and kills them off.
  • If you don’t plant your trees, shrubs and flowers deep enough into the soil they won’t have enough support for their roots which could cause them to die from lack of nutrients or water absorption over time.

**Gardening is a lot like life—you can’t always see the mistakes you’re making, but if you know what to look for, you can do a better job of avoiding them.**

Here are some of the most common gardening mistakes we all make, and how you can prevent them:

– **Thinking your plants will tell you when they need water.** Most plants don’t have vocal cords, so they can’t actually tell you when they’re thirsty. Instead, they just wilt and die. You should check your plants every day and make sure their soil is moist enough before it gets to that point.

– **Buying plants that need more sun than your garden gets.** It’s important to think about where your garden will get sunlight throughout the day before buying plants that need a lot of sun. If your garden is shaded by trees or buildings, then it’s best to stick with plants that don’t require much direct sunlight.

– **Not pruning your plants at the right time.** When it comes to pruning, timing is everything—you want to prune at just the right time for each plant so it will grow back healthy and strong without growing too much in between prunings

We’re often quick to blame ourselves when we don’t see the results we want from gardening. But a lot of times, it’s not our fault: gardening is a science, and there are many factors that can make or break our plants.

Here is a list of common mistakes gardeners make, how to avoid them, and how to fix them when they happen.

1. Not knowing your plants’ needs

Gardening starts with research: what kind of soil does each plant need, which plants will grow well together, do they need all-day sun or some shade? Knowing what each plant you’re growing requires to thrive will help you take care of them in the right way.

2. Overwatering

If you’re watering every day or more than once per day, you could be drowning your plants with too much water. Make sure you read up on how much water the plants you’re growing need and stick to that schedule. (And remember, though this depends largely on weather conditions, most plants require less water during fall and winter.)

3. Not moving your plants enough

This one may sound odd, but it’s true: some plants require more sunlight than others, so every few weeks (or months) it

Gardening is hard, almost as hard as we are on ourselves. Sometimes we don’t give ourselves enough credit and assume that our gardening failures are because of something we did or didn’t do. But there’s always a reason why something fails—it’s just not always a reason that’s within your control.

When you’re working with plants, it’s important to remember that they are living things, and like any other living thing, there are certain conditions that are necessary for them to survive.

There is a lot to keep track of when you decide to start gardening, but the basics usually include where you live, what kind of soil you have, how much sunlight your plants get on a daily basis, and if it rains in your area.

If you don’t know the answer to these questions then consider asking someone who does know about gardening in your area. You may be surprised what kinds of resources are available.

If you’ve ever tried your hand at gardening, you probably know that it’s not always the breezy, idyllic activity it’s made out to be. If you’re just starting out, we’ve got some tips to help you avoid the most common mistakes.

We’ll start with the obvious: don’t plant your crops too close together. It seems like a no-brainer, right? But in our experience, it’s more common than you’d think. When you’re first starting out, it can be hard to gauge just how much space things will need. Or, if you plant seeds and they sprout up at unexpected times of year, they may not have enough space by the time they reach maturity.

To avoid this problem, make sure that all of your crops have plenty of room to grow and spread. If you’re not sure how large your plants will get when fully grown (or whether they’ll spread), research their dimensions before planting them and leave space for them to expand throughout the growing season.

We’ve all been there. You get that green thumb, you get the gardening itch, and you decide to start a little garden in your backyard. You buy some plants, plant them, and then… nothing happens. After a few weeks, you realize that your plants are dying.

You don’t know what happened—you tried so hard! But now you have dead plants in your backyard and you don’t know what to do about it. Don’t worry—this is a common issue for new gardeners! Here are some of the most common mistakes new gardeners make, with tips on how to avoid them:

-Planting Too Many Sun-Loving Plants

-Not Rotating Crops

-Not Composting

-Overwatering Your Plants

1. Overwatering

You might think that the best way to have a healthy garden is to drench it with as much water as possible, but this can actually hurt your plants. Too much water can drown the roots, causing them to rot. You also run the risk of developing fungus and mold, which will spread and kill your plants. If you are unsure about how often to water, check out this infographic and get tips on how often to water based on the types of plants you’re growing.

2. Not using fertilizer

Fertilizer is full of nutrients and minerals that are essential for plants to grow properly. Without it, you may end up with plants that don’t grow as large or tall as you had hoped for. The best way to know how often to fertilize your plants is by checking out this chart and following the suggested schedule for each type of plant.

3. Planting in a container that’s too big or small

You want your plant to fit comfortably in its pot so it has room for growth, but if the container is too big it can cause problems like overwatering or not enough sunlight hitting all areas of the soil surface area (which means less heat). A good rule of thumb is

Growing your own plants is pretty amazing. You get to see them go from a tiny little seed to a full-grown plant that you can eat or care for as you like.

However, gardening isn’t always easy. In fact, there are a lot of mistakes that people make when it comes to growing plants at home. Fortunately, these mistakes are easy enough to avoid.

Here are some of the most common mistakes that people make in their gardens and how you can avoid making them yourself:

1) Not paying attention to the pH level of your soil. The pH level of soil is very important for plants because it determines whether or not they will be able to absorb nutrients from it easily. If the pH level of your soil is too low, then it will be harder for your plants to absorb nutrients from it; if it’s too high, then they may even have trouble absorbing water!

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