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5 Gardening Mistakes to Avoid

Too much water can actually harm your plants

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If you've recently taken gardening as a hobby or if you're considering having a mini garden at home, it's important that you are aware of gardening myths and other helpful tips. As excited as we are to create a thriving green space, there might be practices that you are doing that are actually harmful to your plants!

To guide you, we've listed down five common gardening mistakes that you should take note of and avoid.

Choosing the wrong location

Before you buy your plants and planters, make sure you've finalized the location of your garden already. Consider these factors: water supply, access to sunlight, and the condition of the soil or land where you're planning to start your garden.

Delaying your cleaning schedule

Pests are enemies of your greens! Pull out weeds and rid your garden of empty cans and bottles as these can turn into breeding grounds for pests. You may also opt to plant herbs like eucalyptus, citronella, and rosemary to help ward off insects.

Click here to learn more about herbs.

Excessive watering

Every plant has its own features. There are plants who need lots of water while there are some like succulents that do not require daily watering. Meanwhile, there are plants like Indian grass and daylilies that thrive in moisture. As a responsible gardener, you need to know the needs of your plants. Do your research so you can care for them properly. You may also ask for inputs from the store or seller where you got your plants.

Leaving your tools everywhere

Since the garden is supposed to be a relaxing and calming space, you need to make sure that it's clean. Avoid a cluttered space by keeping your gardening tools organized. Sort them in a toolbox then keep all of your essentials inside a small cabinet. You may place this cabinet near your repotting area. Always keep your work area and garden clean to avoid pests.

Overcrowding

If you only have a small garden, chances are you might fill it with different kinds of plants and plant them too close to each other. You should avoid this as plants need proper air circulation to thrive. It also affects the growth of your plants since they will "compete" for resources. 

Photo by Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions.

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