Four Great Tips For New Gardeners

February 16, 2015
These four tips on gardening are a new gardeners guide to growing plants successfully. In this 10 minute read you will gain valuable information on to grow a garden you will love.  


Four Great Gardening Tips For New Gardeners

Gardening Tip One

Pick your best fertilizer and fertilize on a schedule.

  • Miracle-Gro mixed with Fertilome Root Stimulator Keeps Blooms Coming on strong.
  • Mix fertilizer and root stimulator together according to package instructions.
  • Repeat this process every 2-3 months during growing season.


Gardening Tip Two

Amend the soil

  • Adding humus to any type of soil it will enrich it and improve the pHbalance. ideal pH is 6.0-7.0
  • Soil needs to the consistency of crumbled up cake-retaining moisture but does not stay soggy.
  • Strong healthy plants are vital for longevity and resistance to mold, pests and roots problems. 
  • Fox Farm Humus is a favorite of mine, a little pricey, but well worth the investment.
My Greenhouse is one of my most Happy Happy Place's during the Winter Months.

It was almost exactly one year ago that we purchased our Greenhouse, if you would like more 

information on the building process here is a little link.

Gardening Tip Three

Carefully choose your plants

  • Base plant selection of sustainability for the area you are planting the in.
  • Consider amount of sunshine (most plants need a minimum of 6 hours to bloom)
  • Consider drainage.
  • Consider waterflow and accessibility of water.
  • Consider water methods.( Drip-sprinkler-manual-surface-sub-irrigation)
  • First time gardeners begin with the easiest annuals to grow.

Here are three of my favorites CosmosPetunia, Marigold

 These are seed packets, but

you can easily purchase the plants from any garden center.


My succulents have spent most of the winter in the greenhouse, I did bring a few of them in during 

Christmas to decorate one of our guest rooms.

They thrive in the greenhouse with all of the bright light and extra heat that the Greenhouse 


Gardening Tip Four

Succulents for first time Gardeners is a great way to ease into the process of growing.

Propagate your own succulents.
Purchase favorite succulent varieties.
Needles and leaves has a beautiful post on how to propagate succulents.


What are your favorite flowers in your garden?


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  1. Jemma, thank you for the tips on gardening. I will tell my husband, as he wants to plant a garden this spring and wants to start getting the soil ready next month. Your sign, "my happy place" is so cute. I didn't know you grew up on a potato farm, how wonderful. Another thing we have in common.....I used to work on a farm one summer to help my brother when we had a produce store.

    Your red roses are beautiful, and made my day. :~) Oh, I wish I had a green thumb like you.

    love, ~Sheri

    1. Sheri,
      I am excited for you and of all the possibilities of landscaping a new home.
      You and I continue to discover we have more in common than we ever thought!

  2. This looks so beautiful to me. We are on our 8th inch of snow with more coming down. Can't wait to grow some flowers!

    1. I am glad you enjoyed some Texas sunshine and flowers-stay warm and think Spring!

  3. Thanks for the tips...there are potato farms in Texas...I don't equate Texas and potatoes for some reason? I finally broke down and bought a few little succulents about a month ago...and they are still alive! I tend to overwater them, but this time have reined myself in.
    My favorite flowers are hydrangeas, which are very hard to grow where I am, it's far too hot to have them in the front yard so I have them on the north side of the house, which I have to go out of my way to see them. I do have one bush on the east side that does fairly well.
    Have a great week, Jemma.

    1. You are right Marigene, I don't equate Texas and potatoes either-I grew up in Idaho and actually added that information in my post! My favorite are hydrangeas and for the life of me, I can't grow them here either-glad you have at least one spot that works for you.

  4. Great tips! Beautiful flowers...and Roses. I love growing my Hydrangeas. I have several different types of them...and they all do so well in my Wall Garden around my Courtyard.

    1. Jan, you are so fortunate to be able to grow Hydrangeas. I just know how pretty they must be in your courtyard. I am glad these tips were helpful too!

  5. These are great tips jemma and i think a green house is a great idea! We've had such a mild winter here inn Seattle. Spring looks like its coming although anything could hapoen. If we were to get a cold blast, lots of buds would freeze:/

  6. These are great tips jemma and i think a green house is a great idea! We've had such a mild winter here inn Seattle. Spring looks like its coming although anything could hapoen. If we were to get a cold blast, lots of buds would freeze:/

  7. I'm so jealous of your greenhouse! We got snow last night, and I'd really rather sit in your greenhouse and look at the pretty plants than sit here with the dogs looking out the window at snow!

  8. What a pleasant surprise to open your blog after looking at falling snow all day. Your greenhouse is full of gorgeous blooms. You definitely have a green thumb and thanks for the gardening pointers. I have learned some of them the hard way.....

  9. jemma, I love her greenhouse !!! thanks for the great tips and your visit !!! I wish you a great week !!! love greetings from angie

  10. Great tips, Jemma! The soil in our part of Nebraska is terrible, so I will have to try the humus. Your plants are gorgeous! We're all anxious for Spring ;)

  11. Jemma, where is the snow? LOL.

    Everything is buried under a lot of snow here to read that your petunias are dwindling...made me giggle. I love your greenhouse.


  12. I loved those tips and think they were good ones. Apparently so as that is one beautiful - no gorgeous gardens I have ever seen. I LOVE your green house.

  13. I didn't know you had a greenhouse Jemma! You're one lucky lady! Your blooms look like they could be on the cover of a magazine...a gardening magazine even!

  14. That is the cutest little greenhouse, Jemma and your Texas Forever sign is perfect in there! thanks for all the great tips... now, if I would just follow them. Haha! blessings ~ tanna

  15. Count me in as another person that's jealous of your greenhouse! Your plants and flowers look beautiful :)

  16. Jemma-I too have greenhouse envy! Just returned from a quick trip to FL & stomped around several gardens there for inspiration. Camilla's, Azaleas & other things already in full bloom. Flowers & plants fill my soul! Maybe one day we can go together & let my aunt spoil us! Came back to 24 degrees, although no snow thankfully in central TX.

  17. Hi Jemma, It's a nice thought! All that warmth stored in your greenhouse! Between the snow and the cold I would give anything to open up the door to your beautiful greenhouse and feel that rush of heat. I open my oven door while my dinner is cooking just to feel some intense heat! It's turning bitter cold again tonight and a storm is arriving for the weekend. Your roses and other flowers are a beautiful sight! I have many favorite flowers and really love bouquets made with many varieties! I am definitely going to start a succulent garden too--I love yours! We also tend to use wave petunias in the front yard because they are so hard to kill. Sadly, my thumb is not the same bright shade of green as

  18. Jemma, what wonderful way to get a breath of spring! Just stepping into your greenhouse would be pure joy! Thanks for sharing your wonderful tips with SYC.


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