Spring is here…
…I’ve been getting lots of messages from you about starting your first container garden.
You are excited and nervous.
I’m excited and nervous for you too.
Excited because you are starting.
Nervous because of the plans you’ve shared with me.
Why your garden will fail
After reading what you have planned, I noticed a pattern and wanted to share with you the 3 reasons your garden will fail this year.
- You want to grow a farmers market in your small space.
You want to grow tomatoes, eggplants, cucumbers, peppers, kale, onions, garlic, strawberries and a billion other things.
You get an A for the enthusiasm, but you are just starting out. Chill out a bit.
A lot of those veggies require a bit more time and energy to grow. I’m not saying it’s impossible to grow them, just that to grow all of them when you are starting out might not be the best idea.
Growing your own food is overwhelming to start. So why try to grow a farmers market on your balcony?
Growing your own food is overwhelming to start. So why try to grow a farmers market on your balcony? — Tweet This
Scale it down a bit.
- You read about companion planting
You read in a gardening book, magazine or on some site that you can increase your yield, protect against bugs and that companion planting was smart to do. Now you wanna cram hundreds of plants into one container.
Companion planting is a good practice to employ, but if you are new to the container gardening game, keep it simple. Why introduce other variables into the equation?
Get one crop in a container down first, then introduce others into the mix.
- You only get 4 hours of sun, but want to grow tomatoes
How did I know this? Because everyone wants to grow tomatoes.
If you want to grow tomatoes and don’t get enough sunlight, you will likely fail. This is why it’s so important to determine the amount of sunlight your space gets and grow what suits those conditions. If you get less than 5 hours, then grow some of these shade loving veggies.
Don’t set yourself up for failure
One of your big concerns in starting out is making sure that you are doing everything right because you are scared of failing.
That’s why I want you to minimize your failure and avoid those three mistakes. I’m not saying those ideas are and dumb and ridiculous, but to start out…they kind of are.
I know that you were planning one of these mistakes to start this year. In the comments below, ‘fess up and let me know which one you had planned and will be avoiding.