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Mistakes That Every Gardener Makes

by Kellee H. Smith 09/30/2018

No matter how much experience you have as a gardener, mistakes happen to everyone. Some gardening mistakes are actually avoidable. Below, you’ll find some of the most common gardening mistakes and how to stay clear of them. Next time around that you decide to plant, you’ll have an even greener thumb than you did the season before. 


You Planted Too Early


When the springtime hits, it’s easy to feel eager to plant and get your crops going. Planting too early without proper grow cloths or warm enough temperatures can be completely detrimental to anything that is trying to grow. 


Watering Too Much Or Two Little


There is a finite amount of water that’s required for plants to thrive. The general rule is for plants to receive about an inch of water per week. Plants that have not been watered enough will show certain signs including yellowing leaves and wilting leaves. Any fruits that are produced will be deformed. Be sure that you make up for the deficit of water during dry spells that occur by watering accordingly.   


Plants that have been overwatered can also cause yellowing leaves. You don’t want your water to pool or cause puddles in the garden. If this happens, you’ll need to add a bit more organic matter to the soil itself. 


Not Planting In A Bright Enough Place


It’s a basic scientific principle that plants need sunlight to grow properly. If you have planted things in the shade, they may not thrive. If you don’t have a sunny spot to plant your garden, try using portable gardening containers that you can move around. Shoot for at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day for your plants.       


Not Weeding


Weeds can obviously choke your crops, sucking moisture and food away from the plants. If you don’t actively work to eliminate weeds, your plants will suffer greatly. Eliminate weeds as soon as you spot them. Allowing one weed to flourish is to allow them all to take over! Mulching can be a great start in helping to keep weeds away. If any weeds are found after the mulch has been put down, be sure to move them promptly. 


Planting Too Much


If you plant too much, space can become a problem. Focus on planting what you and your family like to eat and will actually use. This problem comes down to a matter of preference and taste. You don’t want to spend a ton of time gardening just to realize that  you’ve completely wasted your efforts. 


Keep in mind that there’s always something new to learn when it comes to gardening. Know that no matter what level of gardener you are mistakes are inevitable but not completely unavoidable.         


About the Author
Author

Kellee H. Smith

  

Kellee H Smith (ABR,CRS)

Broker / Owner

Kellee Smith was born in Atlanta Georgia. Her father worked for the FAA and the family moved around Florida and Georgia before settling in DeLand Florida in 1977. She attended St Peter’s Catholic School, DeLand Jr. High and graduated from DeLand High School in 1983. She received her AA degree from Brevard College, in Brevard North Carolina. She transferred to Florida State University where she received her BS degree in 1988. 

Kellee obtained her real estate license in 2000, while living in Atlanta and working for REMAX until starting her own brokerage in 2011. Kellee moved back to her hometown in 2015 with a goal of helping her parents leave a legacy by growing the family real estate company, Prestige Property Specialists. Her parents started Prestige Property Specialists in 1988. The company specializes in residential, commercial and property management. She is passionate about ethics and education in the real estate industry. It is more than just a business, it is a true legacy for her family. Kellee maintains the highest professional standards for her clients and the agents at Prestige Property Specialists. She earned the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designation, which is the highest credential awarded to residential sales agents, managers and brokers. The brokerage is growing and her team of agents are looking forward to some exciting changes in 2019. 

Kellee is also passionate about recycling. She was instrumental in assisting the DeLand Breakfast Rotary and the City of DeLand in retrofitting the downtown garbage bins to include recycling receptacles. During the recycling project, she recruited sponsors and constructed a recycling mascot, which the DeLand residents helped name, “Skip D. Landfill”.

Kellee is active in her community by serving as Secretary of the DeLand Breakfast Rotary, Treasurer of Trails West Oakwood HOA, and is a member of the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce, MainStreet DeLand Association, West Volusia Association of Realtors, DeLand Tennis Club and St Peter’s Catholic Church, Board of Directors of the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce & Orange City Alliance. 

Kellee’s hobbies include: tennis, camping, traveling and mostly, spending time with her two adult children, family and friends.