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.