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[ Watch This ] 10 Vegetable Gardening Mistakes and How to avoid them – Gardening Tips & Suggestions!

September 22, 2019


A lot of gardeners lose hope when things
go wrong in today’s episode we take a look at ten
common vegetable gardening mistakes & how to avoid them one of the most common problems that
gardeners run into are nutritional deficiencies with their plants now the
plants take up nutrients from the soil and if your soil does not have adequate
nutrients your plants will not grow very well well plants need three things to grow
water sunlight and nutrition and nutrition is one thing that is
overlooked by a lot of gardeners plants need adequate nutrition to grow here you
can see some deficiencies due to missing nutrients in the soil you can
see a lot discolroed leaves and although we are harvesting our beans you can see that the health of the
plants are not that good so how do you solve this problem to make
sure that plants have adequate nutrition from the soil prepare your soil well in advance add a lot
of organic material like compost manure four to six months before you use the
soil organic material takes about four to six months to break down you can also use organic fertilizers and
if you’re using organic fertilizers as well you need to wait for at least two to
four months before they become available if you’re using synthetic fertilizers
and they are immediately available to your plants so the choice is yours make sure you
have adequate nutrition in your soil so that your plants can thrive letting container plants go root bound
is one of the worst things you can do to your plant what this means is that the plant is
ready to grow it has all the nutrients it needs it has all the vigor that it
needs to grow but it doesn’t have any space it’s constrained by the container so how
do you solve this problem every one or two years look at your
plants and try to repot them into a bigger container when you’re repotting
your plant and make sure that you free up the roots you can even prune the roots a little
bit use new potting mix use good a slow release fertilizers added to the soil
make sure that the plant is no longer rootbound has some space to grow and
you’re good to go tomatoes and peppers are one of the
favorite plants every gardener wants to grow but they also suffer from one
problem which a gardener would never like to see and that is blossom end
rot where the bottom part of the plant rots because of lack of
calcium in the soil so the treatment is very easy if you see
plants with blossom end rot or rather fruits with blossom end rot just
remove them and then make sure that you add a lot of calcium in the soil you can
add it by fertilizers you can use crushed eggshells which must
be added months in advance and you can also use some calcium supplements for
the soil that will help you avoid this dreaded problem also make sure that you are watering
your plants very well on a regular basis now let’s look at a problem which
plagues all root plants like radish and carrots where you add a lot of nitrogen to the
soil in the form of manure and you can see here that although our plant has
produced a lot of leaves and a lot of greens the roots are really short and this is
one common mistake that a lot of gardeners make they add a lot of
nitrogen to the soil and at this shows one container that had high nitrogen you do
a lot of manure added in the soil and this is something you want to avoid for
root plants and here is a radish plant that shows severe damage from insects
probably slugs or earwigs but you can see that the damage is so bad that the
plant has lost all its vigor and there’s also a lot of crowding here that you can
see over-watering is one problem that
affects some root crops and tubers so in this case we’re looking at onions
you can see that the onions have started forming bulbs and at this stage we had
to stop watering the onions now what happens is if you have too much
water around the onions at this stage the outer part of the onion starts
becoming soggy the roots are don’t develop that well
and although the plants still grows this is a situation that you want to
avoid so when your onions start forming bulbs you need to stop watering or at
least water very rarely like once a week or so and you should get better
onion bulbs there is nothing worse than harvesting
vegetables earlier than you’re supposed to and i’m sure a lot of you are guilty
of doing this me included so here you can see that
we’re harvesting this garlic from this container…and it’s really not time for harvest yet the
leaves have not really turned completely brown and this garlic still had about
two months into the growing season to finish harvesting so as you can see here the bulbs are
very small hardly developed and although you can use these bulbs once you cure them they will form small
garlic bulbs that can be used it’s a better idea to wait for the
vegetable or the plant to complete its life cycle and make sure that it’s ready
for harvest cauliflowers are fun to grow but there
are two problems at cauliflowers that might discourage you from growing them
at all the first thing is any insect damage
like the one you see here this plant is so severely affected with aphid damage
that it’s almost given up you can see that the leaves have shriveled
the cauliflower head itself is and not very strong and to avoid this kind of a
problem of what you need to do is spray this plant much earlier when you see the
aphids, the first sign of aphids spray them with the soapy water or you
can spray them that the some kind of an oil like neem oil or canola oil and make
sure that you take care of them another problem with cauliflower is
buttoning of the heads as you can see here very tiny heads being formed and this
happened because of two reasons one is if the temperatures in your area have
gone very high cauliflower is a cool season crop doesn’t like high
temperatures and the other reason is high nitrogen in the soil again due to
manure or some fertilizers that you use and also make sure that your watering
your plants adequately and regularly most plants need about six to eight
hours of sunlight every day here we are planting 2 watermelon
varieties in this tub and we kept it in a location that got about three hours of
sunlight and what we realized was that even after about three months of growing
the plants were very small most plants most vegetable plants do
need about six to eight hours of sunlight every day and you need to make
sure you’re providing that to your plants the next common mistake that a
lot of gardeners make is not growing in the right season for example we
grew these potatoes here in July in the heat of july and as you can see here the
plant did not grow very well and the yield from this plant is very low so the
solution is to make sure that you’re growing plant in the right season for
example in zone 10 where we are potatoes should be started in spring for
a late summer harvest that’s the best way to grow potatoes and
you’ll get a good yield if you follow this technique always by your seats from a trusted
source I will provide some links to trusted
sites in the video description and you might be tempted to buy cheap seeds on
ebay like I have done before so you can see here we ordered these purple carrot
seeds on ebay from some seller in China I believe or somewhere in Asia and
we thought we would get what the product advertised now what happened is we spent a lot of
time sowing the seeds preparing the potting mix and maintaining the plant
and the plants actually grew well no problem about that but what happened is
when we got to the harvest time when we harvested our plants they saw that this
was something completely different it wasn’t purple carrots at all it was
some kind of a yellow carrots that wasn’t good tasting at all so it’s always a mystery when you do not
order see it from a trusted source you can get cheated you can even get
something that you did not order so always by your seeds from a trusted
source so there we have it folks what i want
to know from you is how many of you have actually landed up in a situation where
you had to face these issues or are there any other issues that you face
that you would like to share with your fellow gardeners please take a moment to drop in a
comment below it will really help all our gardeners to know what your problems
were and how you resolved it and please don’t forget to give us a thumbs up if
you liked this video we’ll see you again soon happy gardening

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