Spring is in full bloom and if you are like most Ohioans, you are planning on planting your vegetables and flowers starting around Memorial Day weekend. However, getting the right types of plants to thrive in your garden can be tricky – especially if you are new to Ohio.
Here are my tips to get you started and keep your garden a source of pride all summer and fall, even if you feel like you have a black thumb!
Avoid These 8 Mistakes
Great gardening really boils down to good planning, great execution and superb follow-up. Here are the mistakes many people make, especially novice gardeners, and what to do to avoid them.
Mistake #1: You don’t get your soil tested.
A soil test can reveal nutrient deficiencies, pH levels and information about drainage. While there are many options available for under $20, I recommend you procure a tester from our local Ace Hardware store. Once you have the information in hand, you can see which plants thrive in these soil conditions.
Mistake #2: You don’t prepare the beds.
Make sure you dig deep in the garden beds and add plenty of compost, which helps with good root development.
Mistake #3: You don’t photograph or measure the bed.
Photographing the bed, measuring it, determining which side of the house the bed faces and the soil condition will all help the nursery staff recommend which plants will thrive in your garden.
Mistake #4: You don’t mulch.
Mulching has many benefits including: suppressing weeds, keeping moisture locked into the soil, boosting microorganisms and fertilizing your plants.
Mistake #5: You overcrowd your plants.
When you don’t give your plants enough room to grow, they do not flourish because they compete for water, nutrients and sunlight. Be sure to follow the spacing and sunlight directions on the seedlings and plants.
Mistake #6: You water too much or too little.
Too much watering can lead to yellow plants and short root systems. Too little watering can lead to the death of your plants. Many individuals think watering every day is the best choice when actually it is not. Dousing your plants when they need it (go one inch deep with your finger to determine) close to sunrise or sunset encourages them to grow deep roots, making them strong and healthy.
Mistake #7: You prune your trees in the fall.
Pruning stimulates new growth, which is what you want in the spring and summer. In the fall, you want your trees to be dormant and pruning them in the autumn, weakens the plant’s energy reserve. Prune after the trees finish their big bloom.
Mistake #8: You let weeds get too big.
Even though you have prepared your beds and mulched, you will still need to control the weeds by pulling them out when they are small. It is easiest to pull out the weeds after a major rain as the ground is still soft. If you ignore the weeds and they grow big, you will essentially allow the nutrients for your plants to be stolen by the weeds
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