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Common Gardening Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

No matter if you are an expert or rookie in vegetable gardening, you can still make a mistake.  We have compiled a list of most common mistakes that can help you with making a checklist to ensure that you get the Best Harvest Possible

Start Planting Before the Right Time
It is natural to feel excited to start your vegetable garden. Most gardeners could not resist the temptation to get their hands into the soil and start plantings seeds without realizing that it is still time until the last frost of the season occurs. Gardeners are keen to get back into the garden as soon as spring starts to roll in; however, if the temperatures where you live can still drop to the freezing level you must resist the temptation to plant tender plants until the temperature during the night remains stable at a minimum 55 degrees. If you wish to give your vegetable plants a little head start, make sure plant under protection such as a cold frame, grow cloth or milk jug.

Overcrowding
While some salad plants such as kale, loose leaf lettuce, spinach, and arugula can be planted close to each other, many vegetable plants require sufficient space. The vegetables that require more room for breathing and good air circulation include tomato, peppers, broccoli, eggplant, cauliflower, potatoes, and sweet corn. If planted shoulder to shoulder, the risk for your plants to develop mildew or disease can be higher. Therefore, always make sure to plant them with a minimum gap on 2 – 3 feet between them.

Under or Over watering
Over watering your plant means killing it with too much love. Regular watering is required until your seedlings and cuttings get developed. However, once they established a sufficient root system, you need to water them regular intervals only. Similar to plant tissue above the ground, the roots also require room to breathe. They practically drown if all the air pockets within the soil are packed with water. Regardless of how dry the surface of your soil may look, the lower layers could just enough moisture for the roots. When the gap between watering is slowly increased, your plants fortify and become survivors. Even you need to reduce the frequency of watering, you need to water your plants deeply so the roots get enough water supply. Showering plants with a handheld watering can do not provide roots with enough water. To ensure deep watering best options are drip irrigation or a leaky hose watering.

Planting Sunlight Lovers in Dark
If you choose to grow your vegetable plants that love sunlight in shady spots, they may survive but would not yield enough crop. Tomatoes and several other vegetables and herbs do best in spots where they can receive a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight every day. If your garden is primarily a shady one, you may only grow some of the green vegetables. To have a fruitful vegetable garden, you need to clear out a suitable spot.

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