Common Beginner Gardening Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

A garden makes people happy and relaxes when they are involved with it. Having a green thumb can be very challenging at the same time. Being a newbie in gardening, it’s best that you follow rules and instructions. Just one wrong move, you can wreck all your hard work.

Give this article a read so you can avoid these common mistakes newbie gardeners do.

No proper planning for the layout design.

If you’re a first-time gardener, it is necessary that you have a gardening plan before you start. In that way, you can identify what type of plants you want to grow in your garden and where you can position them.

If you’re not following a plan, you tend to plant everywhere and plant everything. It will be a waste of time, effort, and money since not all plants are created equal. In other words, there are certain plants that you can depending on the climate zones.

Planting plans not in season.

In Australia, planting times may vary within climate zones. If you happen to grow a plant but not in season, you end up busted. Don’t expect a great result. No matter how well the soil and fertilizers are it has no effect if weather is not appropriate.

Garlic bulbs and parsley are the most common vegetables that can be planted during winter season while cucumber, as well as melon, are best planted in the spring season. It’s best that you research which herbs, fruits, or veggies to plant in every season in every climate zone in Australia.

No spacing in between plants.

Plants need space in order to grow. If you plant the seeds nearer at each other, there will nutrient deficiencies which results to increase of fertilizer needs. The spacing of the plant in a garden bed should be at least 2-3 inches before you plant another. You may also check the label for recommended plant spacing.


You always want the best for your plant, but you must remember that too much is not healthy. Overwater is common mistake for first-time gardeners. In order for you to know the right time to water the plants, you need to check the soil first. Thrust your hand in the soil and check if it’s still wet from the last watering you made. If its dry, it’s about time to water it again.

Not enough sunlight.

Plants need the sun in order to grow. If you are growing flowering plants, the sun is involved with the blooming of the flowers. Enough sunlight is what the plants need. However, there are some plants that do not require full sunlight. For example, lettuce, spinach and other greens. They only require morning sun and partial shade or full shade for the rest of the day.


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