With crisis gardening growing in popularity as people spend their time at home during the coronavirus lockdown, no doubt there are many of you out there keen to get started and really transform your outdoor spaces now the weather has improved somewhat.
Before you start, however, it might be useful to familiarise yourself with a few common mistakes that novice gardeners make so you know what to avoid and so you can give your garden the very best chances of success.
First of all, if you plan to grow your own food, it makes sense to only grow the produce that you and your family like to eat. That way, you won’t end up wasting anything – although, of course, whatever you don’t eat can be given to relatives and friends, if need be.
Think about what your favourite recipes are and then sit down to come up with a to-grow list based on this. Then you can start doing your research into what to grow and when.
Something else to think about is succession sowing. You don’t want to sow all your seeds at once, because then everything will grow and mature at the same time. Instead, sow a little and often so you can manage your crops easily.
Overwatering is something that a lot of people do when starting out with their green-fingered ambitions. Take care that you only water as and when required, especially during the seedling stage as little roots can find themselves flooded – and this will kill them because of the lack of air.
Take care when sowing, as well, since you don’t want to crowd your plants together. Space your plants further apart to produce really healthy growth.
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