Advice for Beginning Gardeners - Mistakes to Avoid
Most everyone can benefit greatly through a gardening endeavor, but some may have to overcome a little discouragement while in the learning process. Anytime you have the opportunity to create your garden plan in advance and realize some of the pitfalls involved; the better your outcome will be. Gardening isn't that difficult, but every plant has certain requirements, such as the right amount of space, sunlight and water. As you read on you will learn about some of these common errors so you will be able to sidestep them.
One error you want to avoid is planting your garden too early in the season. Your plants will not thrive or produce as well. Regardless of whether you are planting directly into the ground with seeds or are setting out bedding plants, you don't want to make the mistake a lot of new gardeners make by planting too early in the season.
Don't assume that because it's early spring and the weather is starting to warm up that there won't be any more cold nights. You risk your plants - they could die - if winter weather returns and you get some killing frosts or extremely cold weather. If you just give it a little more time - until all danger of freezing weather is past - your garden will get off to a healthy start.
Pests are a major challenge to any garden. There are large pests and small pests, but they all cause problems. You can use pesticides to help control the small insects and plant diseases that threaten your crop. Make sure you follow the recommendations on the pesticide you use because if you use too much, some of your plants will suffer. Learn which small insects are good for your garden and make sure your pesticide isn't one that will kill them. Especially beneficial to your plants are ladybugs, dragonflies, and bees. If your goal is to have an organic garden without the use of pesticides, you can control a lot of pests with companion plantings, garlic, teas to spray on the plants, and mild soap solutions.
Larger pests are animals that may want to eat your vegetables or chew on more info your plants. These may include squirrels, rabbits and deer. Even your pet cat or dog can be a pest when it comes to your garden. The problem of these larger animals eating or destroying your garden can easily be solved by installing a strong fence - such as a chain link fence - around your garden.
Most plants need sunlight, but the specific requirements of different plants varies considerably. The time to figure out how much sun your plants need is before you start your garden. Depending upon the plant, most vegetables should get around six hours of sunlight to grow properly. Consider how much sunlight will occur over your garden area before you plant. If you don't have much sun, look for plants that thrive in the shade. It is possible here to over expose plants to too much natural light which can cause them to wither and die. Some plants will do better with reflected sunlight and will wither from too much direct sun. It is simple to avoid a lot of gardening mistakes, once you know what they are. Typically, when amateur gardeners make a mistake,
it is because they started planting without really knowing what they were doing. Very often, the information you need is written right on the packet of seeds you bought. You will not mess up to much, as long as you seek information when you need it.