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.

Roots of Crops
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.
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