Trying to grow a summer vegetable garden? If you’re disappointed by your crop yield, it might be because you’re making some of the common blunders outlined in the video above, first spotted by Lifehacker. Many novice gardeners think that plants only require sunlight, water, soil, and the occasional bag of fertilizer to thrive. YouTube channel California Gardening sets this misconception straight by listing overlooked factors that might be causing your backyard produce to shrivel and brown—watering root crops and tubers too often, not preparing the soil well, and failing to re-pot growing container plants, to name a few. These mistakes are easy to correct, so hopefully with a little time, patience, and expert guidance, you’ll have a flourishing plot of land, a fresh salad on your dinner table, and a newfound confidence in your green thumb. 

[h/t Lifehacker]

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