The most important and most ignored step is proper planning. A lot of people just proceed once the idea is conceived. They don’t take the time to plan. Proceeding without planning is starting on the wrong foot. Consider your total space. Assess the soil texture and the kind of plant that can grow well in such type of soil. You also need to decide on what to do with the harvests. Is it going to be for sale or for home consumption?
Planning also includes raising a budget for the project. This will help you reduce the amount of money you will spend on the project. It is worthy of note that the most important part of a plan is following it strictly. A plan is of no use if you won’t follow it.
You need to pre-empt wildlife. Once you decide on the kind of crops to grow, you should also find out the kinds of animals that will feed on it. Make a plan on how to tackle the animals even before hand. Most gardeners also ignore this and only begin to find solution after the damage has been done.
No plant can survive without being watered. However, inadequate watering and too much watering can both hamper the growth of your plant. Where the problem lies is that the amount of water required by crops is not constant all through the year. It actually depends on different weather conditions. So, you need to figure out when to increase the watering level and when to reduce it. This is better than making the mistake of setting your sprinkler to distribute the same amount of water all through the year.
Wrong or inadequate fertilization is another reason for unsuccessful gardening. Whatever is what doing is what doing well. No part of crop production is inconsequential so every aspect of your gardening should be taken seriously. You need to find out the best fertilizer for your crop and the most appropriate quantity. However, inadequate nutrient may not actually kill your crops but it will reduce the rate of their growth and quality.
Another common mistake is the use of wrong pesticide or wrong application of the right pesticide. Some pesticides will ward off pests but may be too strong for your crops. So what is the point in chasing pests away and still kill your crops? You also need to study the appropriate techniques for applying the RIGHT pesticide for the best results.
In conclusion, it is better to take the time for proper lectures on every aspect of gardening this is because every aspect is important and one little mistake could lead to a total failure.