When you're amped up to get your garden blossoming with all kinds of flowers, plants, fruits, and/or vegetables, you tend to start taking every single tip you have learned about gardening and go full force. A lot of times, though, this can lead to doing more harm than good for your Florida garden. Your past knowledge and experiences may not always be the right set of tips to use for your new garden, you're going to need to incorporate some new tips with the old ones. We provide you with a list of the top 5 most common gardening mistakes to avoid so that you can create your dream garden.
1) Over/Under Watering
We have all heard that you need to water your garden a lot in order for it to stimulate growth and to quench your plants thirst. It's important to learn the speed at which your plants absorb water and water them accordingly. You shouldn't be watering your plants every day, because this could potentially drown them. Over-watering can lead to shallow roots, which leaves your plants highly susceptible to disease. Of course, underwatering can kill your plants. If your plants soil looks dry or feels dry to the touch, you should probably water the plant until the soil around the roots is moist. It's best to water in the morning so that the water is less likely to evaporate in the sun.
2) Non-Native Species
Trying to grow plants that will not grow in the type of climate that you're in is a sure-fire way to make you feel discouraged and like giving up. You should do your research before trying to plant something that is non-native to your area. Also, you need to be sure that you're planting according to the season during which the plant thrives the best. For example, if you have a flower that grows the best during springtime, don't waste your time trying to plant it during the fall season. The air may be too dry or cold for it to survive.
3) Killing All Bugs
We understand that seeing several bugs around your garden is a cause for concern, but most of the bugs that live in your garden are actually good ones that keep the bad ones at bay. Yes, there are a few good bugs that will eat leaves on occasion, but they also eat the bugs who are trying to consume your whole garden. Much like all things in life, there is a balance. Drowning your garden in pesticides is not a good way to keep a good balance of good and bad bugs.
4) Overcrowding/Invasive Plants
One of the biggest problems for new gardeners is that they want to plant so many different things, with only a limited amount of space. It is common to purchase so many plants, and when they get knee-deep in soil, they realize that they don't have very much space. To compensate, they plant everything close together. BIG MISTAKE. Plants need a lot of room to breathe and grow. There are some very beautiful plants out there, however, some of them are very invasive and will take over the rest of your garden. Do your research and decide which plants will work well together and have similar growth patterns.
5) Not Knowing When to Give Up
We know that you want to salvage everything from your garden. But truth be told, there is only so much you can do for a plant that is diseased. Sometimes it's best to just pull out the problem plant instead of wasting time and resources trying to revive it. It's important to do this because that one plant could potentially kill all of the rest of the healthy plants in the garden that you have worked so hard to maintain.
Planting a garden is one of the most rewarding and exciting activities you can accomplish, once you know what to do and what to avoid. It's great to be gung ho about it, but just be sure to follow these tips to ensure that your garden is at its healthiest.
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