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How To Avoid Common Garden Problems!

Updated on February 18, 2015
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SheilaSchnauzies is a Miniature Schnauzer rescuer, writer, crochet designer, gardener, crafter, wife, mom & friend living in Omaha, NE.

Do You Have A Brown Thumb?

Well, I really hope not... that would be bad! But if you've tried gardening before and had some really bad luck, this lens is for you! I'm going to show you how to fix or avoid some common mistakes new gardeners make.

I started seriously gardening back in about 1998, when I became disabled from a back surgery that went bad and lots of other health stuff. I chose to do perennials because I am a "work once - enjoy many" type of person. I want to put something in the ground and have it come back year after year, with very little effort on my part.

Another thing I enjoy is growing veggies. I have a rather unconventional way of doing it, too, and we'll talk about that here.

So dust off those garden gloves, let hope build anew, and let's get you growing!

A Word About Plant Selection...

I believe problem #1 was learning the lesson to pay attention to the plant label. If it says grow in full sun, it means it. Or in full shade. If you try to force a plant to survive in an undesirable location, it just won't thrive. It may even die.


The Most Important Thing

Water your plants regularly! It is better to give them a deep watering every few days than it is to give them a quick sprinkle every day.


To give plants a good start and avoiding wilting problems, fill the hole you're planting up with water. Crumble the soil as you fill the hole. Firm the soil around the plant but don't crush it. You should place the plant at the same level with soil as it is growing in the pot (except with tomatoes - you want to bury about half plant). Once you've finished, give the baby one more good drink. Be sure to come back and water the next day... and the next day...Don't stop till the plant is taking off!

The Perfect Location For My Shade Garden! - Under A Ginormous Pine Tree!

Some people say they have growing Hosta under trees. I've grown them in large numbers under maples, crabapples, oaks, and now pines! I have zero problems with it. I think the key to my success may be that I water my gardens a LOT. Like a deep watering at least every other day. They seem happy!


It's important to feed your plants with a good fertilizer regularly. You can also try saving work by using one of the new potting soils with time-release fertilizer. Those are neato. If you have regular soil tho, you can use Preen & Green every couple of months. Just sprinkle it on the ground and it stops emergency of weeds along with feeding the plant. Now how cool is that!


Plants need space for their little roots to grow and spread out. If there are nasty weeds in the way, they can crowd and even choke the plant! My favorite time to weed is right after a deep soaking rain (or watering) because then the little suckers just pull right up.


OK why do these nasty critters have to ruin a perfectly good garden party? But show up they do. I have two methods of dealing with them. If it's a massive invasion, like when a hill of ants were eating my entire mimosa tree trunk, I hit 'em with Sevin dust. Game over. As a regular preventive measure though, I go organic. I'll mix about a teaspoon of Ivory Dish Soap in my 2 quart sprayer (at the very end so it won't foam!). Bugs don't like the stuff, and they leave.


Who doesn't want their plants to be all in prolific bloom, all the time? I know I do! For many years I have sworn by the product "Spray N Gro." It contains hormones that act as bloom accelerators, boosting the plant's production of fruit, flowers, etc. I've actually tested it by spraying one plant not another, comparing the difference. It does work. Period. Worth the $$! You need to spray it every 2 weeks. One bottle will last you for years. I mix it together with Bill's Perfect Fertilizer.

Growing & First Aid For Plants!

When you're growing plants, there are certain things you'll need to do so successfully. I'm sharing my favorites here with you.

Please Say Hello! - Nice to meet a fellow gardener!

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    • LauraHofman profile image

      Laura Hofman 

      5 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Very good tips here! I so agree with you that plant selection / location is #1. If more people heeded that rule they would have more success in the garden.

    • TheBLU26 profile image


      6 years ago

      I'm not really good at gardening but I enjoy it. Thanks for this excellent lens!


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