Biggest Vegetable Garden Mistakes
Planting your own vegetable. Garden can be an extremely rewarding pursuit. Harvesting your own vegetables and herbs can add freshness organics and flavor to your family’s die. But all it takes are a few wrong turns and all your hard work can go down the tubes. We’ve laid out some basic law care mistakes to avoid, and those can easily apply to gardening as well. At a certain level, greenery is greenery.
But there are indeed a few mistakes that gardener a make when cultivating their own harvest that can send your veggie plans to the local grocer. Here are some key mistakes you should avoid when planting and caring for your own vegetable garden:
Going Too Big: Some gardeners think too big-picture when planning their first garden. Though you might have the space to accommodate, you may not yet have the skills or patience to manage a large growing garden. For you first trip to the batter’s box, start out small. Plant your three or four favorite veggies and herbs. Get a feel for the amount of care and attention those few options require in your first season. Then once you’ve harvested, plan a few more vegetables the next season. The more you do the your skills will grow along with your garden. Then maybe you’ll muster the patience to manage that coveted farmer’s market your neighbor has been cultivating for years.
Overwatering: As with grass, too little much or too much water can tank a garden in no time. Plants require to metabolize nutrients. When there’s too little, they wilt and when there’s too much their roots rot. A gardener looking for a healthy harvest wants neither.
Each vegetable and herb in your garden requires a different amount of water. Most require a deep watering only once or twice a week. When you do water you want the moisture to reach the root system. If it doesn’t, roots will reach upward and grow too shallow, not good for higher temperatures.
Aerate if the soil is too compacted and be sure to regulate watering consistently and with the watering needs of the veggies and herbs that make up your garden.
Not Finding The Right Depth: Planting seeds too deeply tires them out. Most will never sprout. Planting them too shallow causes then to dry out well before harvest. A good rule of thumb is: the larger the seed the deeper you plant.
Most seed packets contain instructions on how deep to plant. Follow assiduously and watch your garden grow.
Planting Upside-Down: It seems silly to mention, but planting bulbs upside-down is a mistake many rookie gardeners make every season.
Bulbs like onions and garlic have both a root-growing and a stem-growing end. It’s important to know which end is up for the bulb you’re planting. In most cases it’s easy to tell. The end with the sharpest point is usually the top.
If you get it wrong the bulb will have work overtime to find out which way reaches sunlight. And by the time it finally does, it may be too pooped to pop, quite literally.
Crowding Your Garden: This is one of the easiest and most common of gardening mistakes because when plants are seeds, they’re tiny little things and don’t seem to need all that much space to grow. Fast forward a few weeks and you’re on 24/7 crowd control duty. Here’s a hint: you don’t want that.
Plant your seeds spaced per the instructions on the seed packet. Not all seeds germinate and not every sprout will grow. So you can plant a little closer than each plant will eventually need. After a few weeks of growth you can thin the patch so as to accommodate the strongest sprouts.
Have a bunch of the thinning as an early lift salad mix or keep them on the soil as a mulch. It’s up to you.
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