With these pointers, gardeners just getting their trowels dirty can sidestep six classic food-growing faux pas, such as those related to fertilizing crops, spacing plants, pest control and more.
Are you a newbie gardener? In your first years, focus on creating a tidy, manageable garden and not falling into the common gardening mistake of taking on too much.
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A nice no-dig option for newbies is “bag gardening.” Simply cut out the top of a bag of soil, make slits in the bottom, and plant seeds. The slits will allow crops’ roots to reach the soil below, as opposed to becoming constricted as they would in containers.
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Score bigger, better harvests by consistently improving your soil with organic matter.
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The roots of crops grown in the ground, rather than in pots, can spread out and reach essential nutrients and moisture. Here, each box equals 1 square foot.