Avoid Common Gardening Mistakes

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.

Bag Gardening
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.
Illustration by Keith Ward