5 Epic Gardening Fails (and How to Avoid Them!)

Growing your own food is a wonderful way to reduce your grocery bill and your carbon footprint. I figured it would be an all-around win! 

Unfortunately, gardening is not quite as easy as I thought it would be. I failed epically with my garden this spring. Here are my five most epic gardening fails, hopefully you can learn from my mistakes and avoid them! 

My first epic gardening fail was neglecting my garden. I started out on the right foot…I tilled the land three times (and by I, I mean my boyfriend) and cleared out all the weeds before I planted.

1. Failing to weed

I’m not a botanist. So I don’t know why I thought I would know what each plant was once it sprouted.

2.  Not labeling

Melons and Pumpkins usually do better in the fall, so why I thought it was a good idea to plant them in the spring in Southern Georgia is beyond me.

3.  Forgetting about season

The one thing my garden produced en masse was zucchini. I grew the biggest, fattest zucchinis that I’ve ever seen in my life!  These suckers were huge! 

4.  Not considering that closely related plants might “hook up”

I fenced off a small area of my back yard for my garden. It’s probably about ten square feet. I figured that was enough space to grow a small variety of garden herbs and vegetables. Unfortunately, I failed to consider how big some of these vegetable plants can get.

5.  Failing to realize how big some plants can get