I’m a gardening expert – nine mistakes to avoid when designing your garden

Starting your own garden can seem overwhelming and will likely make you stop before you’ve planted your first seed.

Well, one gardening expert has revealed the nine mistakes to avoid when starting out.

Kevin Espiritu spoke about the most common mistakes people make when creating a garden

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Kevin Espiritu spoke about the most common mistakes people make when creating a gardenPhoto credit: Epic Gardening/YouTube

Kevin Espiritu, the founder of Epic Gardening, explained the most common mistakes when planting raised gardens on YouTube.

A raised garden is when the ground is raised above the ground and is usually enclosed in some way.

Bed structures can be made of wood, stone, concrete or other materials and can be of any size and shape.

“Raised gardens are one of the most popular types of gardening, especially in urban spaces,” he said in his YouTube video.

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“But in the early years you can make a lot of mistakes that can really hamper success.”

WRONG PLACE

“The first mistake you can make is misaligning your garden,” the expert began.

“If you are in the northern hemisphere, south is the direction you want to face your garden as most of our annual and perennial vegetables that we grow prefer full sun.

“That means at least six to eight hours of direct sun a day.”

If you screw this up, you’ve basically started a shady garden and need to change your plans for what you’re planting.

IRRIGATION

Another common mistake is not scheduling watering.

“You have to plan how you irrigate,” he told his followers.

That means either coming out every morning to water your plants or setting up a drip system.

GROUND

“If you’re going to invest in anything, you should invest in your soil,” noted the expert.

“We really don’t feed our plants. We feed the soil and the soil and life in it feed the plants. That’s why it’s so important.

“You don’t buy a quality raised bed and try to grow plants in this system with crappy soil. It doesn’t make any sense at all.”

SOIL MIXTURES

You want to create a soil mix with good drainage, nutrition, and water retention.

That’s why compost is so important – according to Espiritu, it should actually make up a third of your mix.

DO NOT MULCH

Mulch is an organic cover for the top of your soil and helps keep it moist.

“It will really help and protect the plants growing in it,” he explained.

Therefore, when creating a raised bed or any other type of bed, you should always add mulch.

You can use shredded straw or composted wood chips.

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PRACTICAL SPACING BETWEEN THE BEDS

Ideally, you should leave about two feet between the raised beds as it will actually be more convenient for you to tend to the plants.

“People don’t think that they have to come through and work on these gardens and then get angry and then stop working on the beds,” he noted.

DON’T THINK ABOUT THE PLANTS

It is not enough to plan where you will put your raised beds, you should also think about how the plant will grow.

This means that if some plants grow taller than others, you should plant them towards the back as they won’t shade the rest of the developing seeds.

“I have my low growers in the front, aka on the south side, and then my medium-sized growers in the middle, and in the back I have my taller plants,” he explained.

“But if you don’t think about it, you will shade and misuse your space.”

PREPARATION

“As you move into fall and winter, there are a few ways you can take care of your bed,” Espiritu said.

“You won’t fail if you don’t, but you will be less successful.”

What you don’t want to do is leave beds bare during the colder seasons as the soil doesn’t improve.

As fall and winter approaches, you can toss mulch on your bed and leave it alone—or you can use compost or a cover crop.

And as you move into spring, start preparing your bed all over again and getting it ready for the growing months.

DO NOT TRACK

A big mistake people will make is not tracking or tagging what they plant in their garden.

Not only can you forget what you planted, but when you did it.

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“And for many plants, when you plant them is just as important,” he noted.

“They want to know when it’s ready for the next phase.”

These mistakes can make or break your garden

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These mistakes can make or break your gardenPhoto credit: Epic Gardening/YouTube

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