8 Gardening Mistakes You Might Be Making

(+ How to Avoid Them)

Even the most experienced gardeners make mistakes. And if you're new to growing plants, you might be making things a little harder than they should be.

I've learned a lot since I started gardening more than a decade ago, but I still find myself taking shortcuts and making well-meaning decisions that end up being expensive or time-consuming.

Here's how you can avoid making the same gardening mistakes I did!

Mistake #1: Not planning ahead when it comes to layout and design.


Be aware of how the sun moves over your yard throughout the day, where your nearest water source is located, and whether one area is more prone to wind or water erosion than another.

Mistake #2: Not following instructions on seed packets or plant tags.


Trust the information on your tags. This is especially important if you haven’t grown that particular plant before.

Mistake #3: Growing plants out of season.


For healthy, productive plants, grow them in their appropriate season. Not only will they taste better, they’ll require less maintenance as well. Plants tend to fall under a “warm weather” or “cool weather” category.

Mistake #4: Watering from above.


The best decision I ever made was installing a drip system that functioned on an automatic timer. It was initially more work to assemble, but eventually freed up my day-to-day so I could focus on other garden chores.

The Mistake #5: Forgetting to label plants.


If you purchase starter plants, stick those tags in the soil when you transplant them! You may find yourself needing to refer to the information later in the season.

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