Gardening is a fantastic hobby for many reasons. It’s the perfect introduction to green living, it’s a fun way to exercise without impacting your joints too much and it’s also something the kids can get involved with. It’s surprisingly easy to learn as well, thanks to all of the information that’s available on the internet and social media networking.
However, it’s far too easy to make mistakes when gardening. Here are some of the most common mistakes that all gardeners make at least once in their life. If you manage to avoid these as much as possible, then you’ll quickly learn all the finer details about gardening.
Forgetting seasonal changes
A garden isn’t static. It changes depending on the seasons and the weather. While this might seem obvious to anyone who’s tried gardening before, you’d be surprised at the number of people who actually forget that their garden takes different types of care depending on the time of year. For instance, during the winter if your garden freezes over then you’ll need to prepare it by mowing the lawn one last time before the frost settles in and getting rid of any wilted plants before they freeze and create a mess in your garden. Take a look at websites such as homyden.com to find useful articles, tips and blog posts that will help grow your knowledge about gardening. Learning how to maintain your garden properly is essential, and most of that learning will be done via reading.
Planting too many varieties
If you’re just starting out with gardening, then you’ve probably tried to grow several varieties of plants all in one go. However, it’s important to remember that each plant you attempt to grow is going to take some different care. While it’s tempting to try a bit of everything, you should ultimately stick to a single plant so that you have a better chance of actually growing something as opposed to failing multiple times. You need to keep track of everything you plant, not just sprinkle seeds around, water them and then hope it works out for you. Figure out what types of plants grow well in your yard and which need different types of care and you’ll eventually build up the experience you need to grow the perfect garden each year. Take a look at this article from lifehacker.com to get some ideas on what vegetables are easy to grow for anyone who’s new to gardening.
Watering without a proper plan
Simply watering your plants whenever you have time will sometimes work, but if you want the best care for your garden (and also learn how to properly take care of your garden) then you need to learn when the best times are to water your plants or else you might end up giving your plants too much or too little water depending on your habits. Once you determine when you should be watering, using watering timers are a good way to then keep you on schedule. Keep in mind that some plants also need a bit more water than others, which is another reason why you should stick to simple varieties without mixing it up too much. You also need to keep track of the weather so you don’t water the plants on a day where it rained.
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