Gardening can be very satisfying, but inexperienced gardeners typically make certain mistakes that frustrate their efforts. It will be to your advantage to do a little research before you begin your garden; thus preventing some of the usual oversights that could otherwise be avoided. Gardening isn't that difficult, but every plant has certain requirements, such as the right amount of space, sunlight and water. In this article we'll be looking at some mistakes gardeners frequently make so you can avoid them.
Planting at the wrong time is a gardening mistake that can prevent your plants from growing properly. 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. Winter has a way of returning once or twice with some frosts that can kill off any plants that you planted too soon. Protect your plants indoors - or don't seed your garden - until you know for sure that warm weather is here to stay.
One of the biggest obstacles a gardener must overcome are pests in the garden. You can usually classify garden pests into two groups - those that are large and those that are small. Pesticides are very effective for dealing with small insects and different diseases that afflict your plants. If you do employ pesticides, you have to exercise caution. If you overdo it, you can seriously harm some of your plants. Furthermore, you don't want to kill beneficial insects like ladybugs, bees and dragonflies. Some alternatives to using pesticides is to group plants together that benefit each other. For example, aphids can be repelled when nasturtiums are planted nearby, and fleas will stay away from lavender and mint plants.
Larger pests are animals that may want to eat your vegetables or chew on your plants. If you live in an area where deer are common, they can dine on your garden each evening. Squirrels and rabbits can also turn to your garden for their dinner. Your pets - dogs and cats alike - can also be a threat 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.
It is not uncommon for newbie gardeners to select here plants that they find appealing or think taste good, without thinking about where they reside and whether or not those particular plants can grow there. If you live up North, you might as well not even think about having your own orange or avocado plant or tree. The same rings true for people up North trying to grow a cactus or other tropical plant. Setting up a hothouse is one way around this however if this is your first year of gardening and you do not want too much work, stand by the plants that will naturally flourish in your area. You can study the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone (US), which demonstrates which plants grow effortlessly and in which zones of the US.
Do some research on gardening mistakes to avoid so you don't suffer the consequences caused by being unaware. Yet most of these mistakes are due to carelessness or lack of planning. You will have a great garden here if you pay attention to these tips. Also, you can get great advice from your nursery or garden center or other people in your area who have successful gardens.