No matter what your experience in gardening, mistakes are difficult to avoid. It is important not to be afraid to admit them, to draw conclusions and not to repeat more. Meet the 8 common mistakes that can take away your harvest.
Too much fertilizer
Many novice gardeners believe that the more fertilizers, the better the crop. However, the dependence is just the opposite. Excess fertilizer can slow down plant growth and even burn them. It is important to use them in the recommended proportions and only if there is a deficiency of nutrients in the soil. Plants will take away only what is necessary for themselves, and everything else will remain in the soil.
Excess fertilizer seriously affects flowering plants. They begin to grow sharply leaves at the expense of flowers and fruits.
If you are counting on an organic crop, synthetic fertilizers should be discarded. Yes, they are cheaper, but more dangerous.
You can make your own organic fertilizer using humus. Refusing synthetic options will make your harvest safer. Compost also helps increase yields and improve soil quality. It can be used throughout the season.
Landing in the shade
Most gardeners have limited land, so they have to plant something even in shady places. Some vegetables, such as peas and lettuce, are not against this location, but most plants require direct sunlight.
This is another common mistake - overflowing plants. Excess water leads to rotting of the root system. The soil should be moist but not soggy.
Examine which plants require moist soil, and who prefer the "Sahara". To keep the soil moist, use mulch. For this fit dry grass, leaves, straw, bark.
Incorrect landing depth
Always plant seeds and seedlings according to package directions. Even if you think that the seedlings are too large. Too deep planting will not allow the seeds to sprout, and weak seedlings will not bring a good harvest.
Too close to each other
Close to each other placement of seeds or seedlings leads to competition for sunlight, water and nutrients in the soil.
Seed packages contain recommendations for the distance plants need. However, not every seed planted will germinate, and not every transplanted seedling will survive. Therefore, you can slightly reduce this figure.
All at once
Most gardeners are fond of growing their own crops and end up investing in large areas. However, it is important to understand whether you have enough time for weeding, caring for plants, controlling pests and diseases.
If you are a beginner grower, stop at a few simple plants, such as pepper, green beans, tomatoes, lettuce, or eggplants.
As soon as the first experience appears, and most importantly the pleasure from the process, you can gradually expand the “possessions” by connecting more complex plants.
Broad spectrum pesticides
Pests can greatly affect the quality and quantity of the crop. However, the use of pesticides is dangerous with its influence not only on pests, but also quite beneficial insects that pollinate plants and feed on caterpillars and aphids.
The use of broad-spectrum pesticides can have an adverse effect on plants and on yourself, as consumers of such a crop. It is better to use target pesticides that work against a specific insect.