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The Most Common Rookie Gardening Mistakes You Should Avoid Making

Establishing a garden is not as easy as it seems, especially when setting up your garden requires a degree of planning.


Establishing your own garden is a surprisingly fulfilling hobby. To witness how the fruits your labor and care begin to grow before your very eyes is a feeling that’s nothing less than heartwarming. It is an achievement in itself to be able to nurture something into fruition, whether it’s a relationship, a child, our your very own garden.

But like most ventures, gardening does have some rules that you need to follow. It’s not as easy as it seems, especially when setting up your garden requires a degree of planning. So, what exactly are the errors that you should avoid if you wish to start growing your own garden? Read on, dear reader.


It’s not uncommon for someone who’s new at a particular hobby to come to it with a bit of extra enthusiasm. Most times, enthusiasm would be rewarded with quicker results. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for gardening. You need to consider that plants, like all living organisms, need nutrients to survive. If you plant them too close to each other, they will inevitably not only compete for space, but for nutrients as well. Overplanting will eventually result in a sparse garden — the opposite of the look you're aiming for.





Much like our first example, overwatering is likely to happen because of an overzealous approach. Remember that roots need room to breathe. Overwatering your plants causes the roots to be submerged in water. Plants will literally drown if the air packets in the soil are filled with water. And even when the upper layers of soil look dry, the lower layers may still be drenched. Exercise your best judgment when watering your garden.

Mislocation of plants

One does not simply plant plants wherever they please. Plants differ in terms of how much sunlight they need. The most common error for the rookie gardener is planting sun-loving plants in the shade. This severely hampers the growth of these plants. So, in short, you need to know what type of plants you're handling. The quality of the soil you have in your garden will also play a vital role in the success (or failure) of your gardening project. Sites like are great resources to look at if you’re in dire need of a planting ground.

Planting Trees Too Close To Your House

A lack of foresight and planning will often cause beginners to plant their trees too close to their home, only to have to cut them down later on because of the threat they pose to the house should they fall during a storm or any other natural calamity. As a general rule, the higher your tree is expected to grow, the further away from your house you should plant it. This article should give you a comprehensive overview of the matter.

Off-Season Planting

Unless you’re able to create an environment that’s able to simulate the conditions that the plants you intend to grow thrive in, then you’re merely setting yourself up for failure by planting off-season plants. This is because plants and crops grow better at particular times of the year. It’s an unwritten law of nature that cannot be broken easily.



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