Greenhouse Tales and Tips

February 16, 2015
Greenhouse Tales and Tips from Texas are coming your way today.

For my sweet readers who live in the cold part of the Country, I am sending you lots of

sunshine and warmth that I stowed away in my greenhouse just for you!

My Petunias are beginning to  dwindle, but I absolutely refuse to give up on them, 

so here is my first gardening tip .

Gardening tip 1-Keep those Blooms Coming-

 Fertilize, every 2 weeks with

Mix fertilizer and stimulator together in a watering can according to directions on bottles.

This is one of my tried and true recipes for gorgeous blooms, works great- even in our 

Habanero Hot Texas Summer Heat.

Gardening Tip 2-Improve your soil before planting-

I grew up on a potato farm(Idaho) and I know good soil, my region of Texas does not have great soil.

So the first thing I have to do is improve it.

By adding humus to any type of soil it will enrich it and improve it's pH balance.

Soil needs to be the consistency of crumbled up cake-retaining moisture but doesn't stay soggy.

I like Fox Farm Humus a little pricey, but well worth the investment for strong healthy plants

which produce magnificent blooms and tasty produce from the vegetable garden.

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 3-Choose your plants carefully-

There have been numerous times that I have chosen plants based on their beauty, for the wrong area 

of our yard, going against my better judgement and naturally they did not do well.

I suggest starting with some easy to grow annuals if  you are just beginning your gardening journey,

or if you are like me and want a guarantee for awesome blossoms!

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 


Tip 4- Propagate your own succulents-

Succulents have become very popular the past few years and with the rise of their popularity so 

has their cost.  My solution is to purchase a couple of varieties and then propagate them.

Needles and Leaves has a beautiful post on propagation.

Here comes the sun and some roses for all of you sweeties too!

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 still..so 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 yours.....lol...Linda

  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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