I’m in the process of planning next year’s garden and came across a list of everything new gardeners tend to do, that they shouldn’t. I’ve definitely made quite a few of these mistakes this year; in particular, ignoring spacing requirements and not mulching. I’ve watched the earth around my salads & spinaches crack and the seedlings almost immediately shoot up into seed.
Spacing was also an issue, the tomato jungle shaded (more like bullied) the sweet peppers and they never got their fair amount of available sun. If I’d known better, the larger plants (tomatoes and sweet peppers) could’ve taken up the entire bed with the salads and spinachs underneath enjoying all that lovely shade instead of baking in the sun.
Putting them all out too early was another huge mistake. But it WAS already May and it WAS warm when I planted them. How was I to know it would get cool again and rain for days right after planting?! Well, now I do.
While a fair amount of produce has been harvested, with the right knowledge, it could’ve been better. So now that you’ve seen how well not knowing turned out for me – if you’re thinking of starting a garden yourself – you may want to take a peep at the list as well.