6 Mistakes That Stunt Garden Growth
Posted on June 28 2019
Putting the energy and effort into planting a vegetable garden this year? All your hard work should be worth it. Avoid the following novice gardener mistakes and there’s a good chance you’ll have enough produce to feed yourself, the family, and a small army.
1. NEGLEGTING THE DIRT
Test the soil! Plants eat like we do, but they get their nutrients from soil. If the soil lacking in nutrients, plants won’t grow to truly impressive levels.
What you can expect with poor soil is sad plants and smaller yields. Test your soil with a soil test kit.
2. IGNORING CHEMISTRY
Certain plants grow better when put together. The practice of companion planting can improve the flavor of vegetables, repel pests and result in greater yields.
Click here for a great companion planting guide.
3. CHEAPING OUT ON HARDWARE
Get yourself a good quality nozzle that has various stream settings, including a gentle mist option for when plants are still very young and fragile. A backup hose is also a smart idea, because they burst. It’s your most important tool. Depending on how big your garden is, prepare for wear and tear.
4. TREATING WOOD
Toxic chemicals in wood can leach into soil, which will then contaminate the plant food and, ultimately, contaminate your food. Keep your food clean! Don’t paint or stain your wood.
5. UNDERESTIMATING THE POT
When filled with healthy soil, growing vegetables in pots can produce yields many times more than the dirt in the ground — and with less effort. The only catch is you need to take pay attention and take care to maintain moisture in the pot’s soil.
6. WAITING TO SECURE PLANTS
When it comes to securing and supporting your growing plants, the sooner the better, or you run the risk of damaging big healthy plants you’ve taken such care to cultivate.
There is nothing worse than hearing a stalk snap. It’s painful.