Gardening Mistakes

Planting Too Close Together

It’s important to follow the planting directions on seed packets seedlings and plants. Plant spacing is very important for getting the best harvest. Crowded plants will not produce

as well and will have more trouble with disease and pests.

If you don't have a lot of space to plant, plants fewer plants there instead of squeezing them all in.

You plant in too much sun or too much shade.

When you look at your seed packet or plant label for sunlight recommendations, you’ll see one of these recommendations. Here's what they mean:

Shade = the plant will thrive in less than 4 hours of direct sunlight. This is not the same thing as no sunlight; all plants need sunlight to grow. But shade tolerant plants are happy with filtered or indirect sun. Plant these under large trees, a covered patio, or in a sunny room in your house.

Part shade = the plant needs 4-6 hours of sunlight but prefers the cooler morning sunshine or dappled sun of the afternoon. These plants will struggle is they receive the intense afternoon sun every day.

Part sun = the plant will tolerate some shade but needs at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight. Keep in mind what kind of sunlight the plant is getting during those hours. Morning sun is not as intense as afternoon sun so heat-loving plants will do better if they receive the afternoon sun.