- I Claimed I Killed Plants: I laugh to think of myself saying this once upon a time. I thought I was bad at caring for plants. The real “problem” was that I just did not know what I was doing in the garden. Once I learned about soil preparation, raised garden beds, and how to treat various plants, I was well on my way to success with my goal of becoming an urban organic gardener.
- I Didn’t Watch the Weather: When I first started my perennial and vegetable gardends, I loved my garden and loved tending the seedlings and plants. To tend them, I would water and water. Sometimes, it rained. This meant that the poor vegetable plants were getting way too much water. I did not kill anything (thank goodness), but I waterlogged a bunch of plants until I started watching the weather and checking the soil if I was not sure about the moisture level.
- I Never Calculated How Much to Grow: This year, I took steps toward attempting to figure out how much I need to grow to feed my family. For instance, I planted about 36 heads of garlic last fall. They should be ready this July. I calculated that would give me enough for 12 months with a few to give as gifts. It’s good I did that, because we lost a good portion of the crop. For potatoes, I calculated how many we would want to eat over 12 months and bought enough to plant to fulfill that number. I still find it a challenge to calculate the proper number of lettuce plants (and other vegetables that don’t store well).
- I Did Not Plan:I would visit the garden center and buy whatever looked intriguing. I’m not knocking my previous approach completely, because exploring taught me a lot and kept me interested in gardening in the early years. Eventually, though, the time comes when it’s efficient and beneficial to you to plan ahead what you will plant and where you will plant it.
- I Did Not Test and Learn:When working to become good, it’s important to try new things. At Facebook, I think they say something like “Break Things and Move Fast.” The same applies to organic gardening. This year I tested a variety of approaches and noted them here for future reference.
- I Did Write Down Where I Planted Vegetables: This is especially important for potatoes, which should not be grown in the same place until four years have passed. I am wondering how I will be able to rotate beds since I am planting so many potatoes. Should I expand or plant fewer next year? Time and experience will give me the answer. In the meantime, I will definitely write down where I planted potatoes this year so I know not to use that bed for another four years.
Do You Make These Organic Gardening Mistakes?
organic gardening and edible landscaping journey. However, I made mistakes and would love to share them with you so you don’t make the same ones.Have you ever looked back at mistakes you made and wished you could let other people know not to do the same thing you did? Well, the other day I was thinking I’d come a long way in my