8 Common Gardening Mistakes You Should Avoid

Setting Lofty Goals: Begin small and plan for the long term; a garden is a gradual investment, so think big over three to five years.

Neglecting Interplanting: Embrace diversity by interplanting different species, promoting companion planting for weed control and attracting beneficial pollinators.

Overcrowding Plants: Allow plants room to grow naturally; avoid overcrowding by following recommended spacing, typically 2 to 3 feet between plants.

Planting Excessive Variety: Focus on growing what brings joy to your plate; avoid the mistake of planting too many varieties that may not align with your preferences.

Forgetting Harvest Times: Harvest produce promptly to enjoy the fruits of your labor; leaving ready-to-harvest items can attract pests.

Misjudging Plant Growth: Understand the eventual size of plants at maturity; provide proper support structures and consider the impact of plant growth on the surrounding environment.

Improper Watering: Water deeply and thoroughly once a week, avoiding daily splashing; ensure the soil is wet several inches down. Overwatering can lead to root rot.

Single-Season Seed Planting: Maximize garden productivity by amending the soil and replanting for late summer and autumn harvests after the initial crops are harvested.