Home Gardening Blunders To Avoid

Gardening is one of my passions, so I’m always looking for new ideas. However, it is equally important to be mindful of what you should not do.

Six of the worst are listed below.

Planting The Garden In Rows

This has been greatly influenced by commercial vegetable gardening. Spraying, tilling, weeding, and picking produce require access to machines. The commercial scenario is fine, but in the home vegetable garden, we can avoid that approach. It’s therefore incorrect to assume that home gardeners should follow what works commercially

  • The look is more natural
  • Utilizes space more efficiently
  • Pests get confused
  • Reduces weed growth

You should plant your plants as close together as possible to maximize the effectiveness of your water, fertilizer, and soil additives.

Rows are commonly used by commercial growers to organize their crops. For those who like everything ordered ‘just so’ in life and the garden, this can be a challenge.

There’s something good about a little chaos in the garden. A small yard can accommodate many more plants, especially if space is limited.

The Raised Bed Garden Solution

Raised beds or wide rows are better options for growing vegetables. 

Raised beds are great for growing vegetables, herbs, and even flowers and over time, will make gardening easier and save you time and effort.

Compared to row crops, raised beds offer much greater productivity per square foot and are more attractive in the landscape.

You’ll be amazed by how well your plants grow in raised beds once you get used to them. Regardless of the weather, you’ll be able to access your entire garden without soil compaction. As your soil depth and texture improve, your plants will grow more effectively.

The next gardening blunder explores what’s really bugging your garden, and we’ll find out whether insects are to blame for your garden’s demise.

Killing Insects

It may be one of your goals to eliminate insects from our vegetable gardens in order to grow a successful vegetable garden plot. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve gotten rid of more than a few bugs. However, it’s a mistake to see all insects as the enemy and set out to eliminate anything that moves. I believe in living and letting live. The processes of a healthy plant will discourage insects by preventing them from getting inside – a healthy plant has its own mechanisms for keeping insects away. If your plants are suffering from insect infestation, check them for stress, such as overheating or inadequate watering.

Feeding Plants Instead of the Soil

Plants will thrive in soil that is packed with biological activity.

Every year I learn new things about gardening as a fairly new gardener. Our soil needed to be amended properly, which was what took the most time for me to learn.

It is more than just dirt or a foundation for plants to grow on, according to Kenny. You can read more about the importance of healthy soil in this informative article.

Shallow Watering

The shallow watering mistake is something I’ve been thinking about, but now that Kenny’s article has made me aware of it, I’ll know what to do next year. There’s no doubt that I’ve enjoyed reading this little series so far.

Following up on the previous gardening blunder about planting at the right time, today we’ll explore gardening mistakes that lead to excessive weed growth.

Bad Weed Management

Some gardeners believe that physically removing weeds from their gardens is the only way to get rid of them. Weeds can ruin your vegetable gardening experience much more easily than you might think.

Visitors are surprised to find that I don’t have weeds in my garden, and they assume that I have done a lot of work to get rid of them.

Weed Free Gardening Secrets

My secret to successfully pulling weeds is to cultivate healthy soil, cultivate shallowly, identify weeds early, avoid leaving the soil exposed, and prevent the seeds from setting up and multiplying.

My gardening ebook goes more into detail about these techniques, but today I’d like to focus on some common gardening mistakes that allow weeds to grow rapidly.

One of the biggest mistakes is allowing weeds to establish themselves. Obviously, that won’t help you with your weed problem right now. In my observation, many gardeners relax in their efforts throughout the growing season and allow anything and everything to grow in their gardens unhindered by the end of the summer.

Keeping It Covered to Reduce Weed Growth

To discourage weeds from growing freely in vegetable plots, you should sow a cover crop if you don’t use succession planting or don’t plant a fall garden.

You should cultivate the soil lightly with a weed waisel or rake before leaving your beds vacant to disrupt the weed seeds that are in the process of germinating, so that weeds cannot grow.

When weeds are young or before they emerge from the ground, they are much easier to control. It can be impossible to control weeds once they’re mature and spreading. The plants are also consuming moisture, nutrients, and sunlight that your cultivated plants should have been getting.

Getting to the Roots of Weed Problems

The garden area should also be free from weeds that have flowering and ripening seeds. Don’t be surprised if you get weeds in your garden as a result of doing so.

There is more to removing undesirable plants than simply uprooting them. In some cases, plants will survive uprooting and produce seeds right under your nose after hanging on for just a short time. Get rid of the weeds once you’ve pulled them.

Importing Weed Headaches

Compost piles should not be filled with weeds. While leaves can be composted, flowers and weed seeds should not be. Runners are also sent out by the roots of perennial grasses. Spread them through your compost at your own risk.

If you leave your finished compost pile unattended, weeds will turn it into a breeding ground. The best way to keep piles is to cover them or cultivate them. You should avoid soil amendments that may contain weed seeds, such as compost, leaf mold, mushroom soil, etc.

Garden weed seeds are constant, but their germinating conditions are specific, including temperatures, depths, moisture, and even light. Unless you till the garden, they won’t germinate.

It’s true, you feed weed seeds the conditions they need to germinate at the surface. Here are a few more reasons to limit your garden tiller use in the final installment of this series.


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