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4 Mistakes To Avoid When Planning Your Garden

| 1/9/2019 11:16:00 AM

Most of us are still stuck in snow or freezing temperatures, but that doesn't mean we can't get our planning hats on for the garden this year. In fact, proper planning can drastically increase your success in the garden. And more success means more enthusiasm, more learning, and incredible harvests for you and your family.

However, there are a few extremely common mistakes I see many newer gardeners make when planning out their growing season. Avoid these and you'll save yourself a world of hurt once you actually start to grow.

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Photo by Neslihan Gunaydin on Unsplash

1. You Don't Pay Attention to Mother Nature

It might sound extreme, but paying attention to your unique growing environment is absolutely crucial to having a successful year in the garden. For example, look at how the sun passes over your property. Then, plan where you're going to plant individual plants based on that information.

I've seen gardeners plant a large vining plant in front of shorter leafy greens and completely block them from getting light, even though the garden is in full sun the whole day. Once those plants are established, there's not much you can do besides rip them out, admit your mistake, and try again. But by that point you've lost precious growing time.

2. You Plant Everything at the Same Time

Proper garden planning includes considering time. In fact, I'd say it's the most important element to consider, but also the most challenging for new gardeners.

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