Avoid these five gardening mistakes

Most gardeners learn by trial and error – that is, by mistake. We were all in that situation.

The good news is that we can learn from other people’s mistakes and our own mistakes.

Jessica Damino, secretary of the Associated Press Garden, advises: “We must first acknowledge and admit that we are not perfect.

Many years ago, Demayano planted some morning glory seeds near the entrance to her garden. The seeds are often called “fast-growing” and “self-seeding”. She was sure that the vines would soon bloom with leaves and flowers.

But Morning Glory did its job well. Now she spends about half an hour each week pulling seedlings up to 15 feet[15 m]in the summer.

Damano says that this is not the only mistake she made in the garden. One summer she planted a little mint in her garden bed instead of in a container. But mini-leaping from the garden bed spread everywhere. By the third year, Damano had to dig a whole hole to get rid of the bed. She learned not to plant invasive plants.

Here is a list of Damano’s five common gardening mistakes and tips on how to avoid them.

Not testing the soil

Accurate pH, acidity, and soil are essential for gardening success. Tomatoes, for example, grow well in soils with a pH of 6.0-6.8. Blueberries, on the other hand, can turn yellow and produce little if the pH is above 5.5.

This is because the nutrients for plants are only available at the pH level, which is different for each plant.

PH test equipment is inexpensive and you should test the soil on each garden bed individually. The pH levels in different parts of the garden are often not the same. A reading of 7.0 is considered neutral. Low number means the soil is acidic and high number is base.

It is best to choose plants that work well in your garden.

This May 18, 2022 photo shows a drip irrigation system installed in Westbury, NY (via Jessica Damiano).

Proper watering

Most garden plants need about 2.5 to four inches of water per week. The water may come from the rain or from your home.

Mold, mildew, and bacterial infections, however, can spread if large amounts of water are trapped between plants. Excess water can transfer these problems from infected leaves to healthy leaves.

Be sure to direct the water to the desired location. Avoid watering leaves, fruits and flowers.

Skip the fertilizer

Compost, made from food or plant waste, is a gardener’s best friend. Improves Drainage Heavy clay soils increase sand retention capacity and add high quality nutrients.

Add compost to new beds and boundaries or add to the individual planting pits half the size of the removed soil.

Wrong plant, wrong place

A plant that needs “full sun” may be upsetting if it is planted in a place where there is no sunlight. The same thing applies with urgency. And do not store “drought-tolerant” plants or plants that can last a long time in “poor watering” without water. Cruel Soil ”

Choose plants that are suitable for your growing situation. The result will be a better-looking, healthier garden that requires less care and less work.

This May 18, 2022, image "Volcanic dye" Applied under a tree trunk by Glenn Ras, NY The action damages trees and often results in slow death.  (Jessica Damano) via AP)

On May 18, 2022, a “volcanic eruption” was performed at the base of a tree in Glenn Head, NY. (Jessica Damano) via AP)

I mean wrong

Mulch is a material made from old leaves, wood or compost. It can retain water and heat in the soil. It also removes unwanted plants or weeds. Therefore, it is an essential part of every garden.

But misalignment can kill your plants.

Always use natural materials such as tree bark, wood chips, straw or pine needles. They enrich the soil when it decomposes.

Add five to seven inches of compost around the plants several times a year. Keep the material at a distance of about seven inches from the trunk and trunk to prevent air from seeping in and leaking water. Decay.

I am Dan Freddell.

Jessica Damiano reports to the Associated Press. Hi Doe adjusts for VOA English.

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Words in this story

Drainage – n. The process or process of removing or absorbing water from soil or other material

Cruel – adj. Hard and soft with water

Decay – n. Gradual deterioration of wood or similar materials due to water

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