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5 Worst Gardening Mistakes that Beginners Often Make

Sangeeta Soni
Sangeeta Soni
Home Gardening
Home Gardening

Do you love plants, greenery, and nature?

Is Gardening Your Hobby?

Do you also feel it works as a stress-reliever?

But you know, you may be doing some worst mistakes in gardening that can harm your plants. Here, in this article, you will understand what those mistakes are and how you can avoid them.

And yes, if you haven’t started home gardening yet, then you must check this piece of writing on Terrace gardening.

So, let us proceed to know about gardening mistakes and how you can avoid them.

1. Improper Soil Preparation

Soil is made up of minerals, organic matter, air and water. And the strength of these elements is responsible for the health of soil, and in turn health of plants. And soil should neither be acidic nor alkaline for home gardening and growing common vegetables. It should be neutral with pH of 6 to 7.

To check the pH of soil at home, take 2 spoons of soil in a glass cup and add half cup vinegar, if the mixture gets fizzy and bubbly, you have alkaline soil. Take another to spoons of soil in a different glass cup, and add distilled water slowly (not tap water) and make a muddy mixture, after then add ½ cup baking soda, if it bubbles and fizzes, the soil is acidic. And if you didn’t get any reaction from either of tests, then the soil is neutral.

And regular fertilizer use, pure air (by tilling), regular watering is necessary for proper soil preparation, and will be beneficial for your organic gardening.

2. Improper Spacing between the plants

Placing your plants too close can increase the plant stress, and reduce the fruit production in your garden. And, it will reduce the proper flow of air, and inadequate soil fertility. Along with this, water won’t reach the roots. If you are placing your plants in the pots, then it is ok to place your plants closer but not too much closer.

So, make sure to follow the spacing requirements as per the space needed by a single plant.

3. Not using Mulch

Mulching is a very important technique for the proper growth of plants. And this is the technique which many gardeners ignore, not knowing the importance of it. Mulching protects the plants from erosion, stop weeds from sprouting and maintains the moisture in the soil. Mulching is the process of covering the soil and create favourable conditions for the growth and development of crop and better yield. The mulch you use can differ as per the climate. There are many types of mulches. It is favourable to go for organic mulching for home gardens.

After Mulching, you will require less weeding & watering, and it will improve the plant health and also more fruits. 

4. Pests and Weeds Management

Proper knowledge about pests and insects is also important. Some worms and insects are the friends of plants, they make the soil fertile and aids in maintaining plant health. The method is called vermiculture. But some pests are the enemies of your plants. For them, proper care of plants and use of pesticides is must. But, use of synthetic pesticides may harm your plants even more. Try to use organic pesticides or you can also go for the home-made pesticide.

And, as mentioned earlier, to avoid weeds, use of mulches can help.

5. Location Selection

This is one of the most important point that should be taken care of. Many people select the location as per their convenience. But, what we should keep in mind is, plants’ convenience. Too much light, and too little light, both can be harmful for the plants. Most of the plants need at-least 6 hours of direct sunlight. Too much shady region is not suitable for plants.

And at last, take care of your plants as your babies. Plants can feel, so give them proper care, and spend some time with them, they work as a stress-reliever.

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