EVERY YEAR, gardening enthusiasts set out with just a spade and a dream, hoping to beautify their outside space, only to find their hopes dashed because they made one of the three most common gardening faux pas.
Avoid making the same mistakes and finding yourself mid-summer wondering where it all went wrong.
Not labeling plants
Always label the seeds you have sown Aside from remembering where you planted last spring; you can also keep track of which seedlings are which during the early days when many plants look exactly the same. Labeling young plants ensures that they are watered, fertilised and cared for according to their needs.
Having unrealistic expectations
Some plants are easier than others to grow, so having a go at a small number of a variety of plants will allow you to test the waters and see how much you really have time to commit to. Even more so if this is your first year planting a vegetable or flower garden, try not to overdo it. The dream of having a large and thriving garden is a lofty goal and as any experienced gardening expert will tell you, a lot of work.
Planting the wrong thing
Be sure to read up on the plants you intend to grow and make sure they are suited to your garden and climate. Some plants sprawl wide and low and can take over entire areas of the garden that you would rather they didn’t. Other plants require a lot of water, or more sunlight than your garden provides. Read the labels, choose what best aligns with your space, climate and goals and then decide which of those you want to plant.