I’m still a gardening newbie by far. I only started trying to really grow anything just over a year ago. Last week I wrote about how the Spider Plant is an easy to maintain and pet friendly house plant option, but still I managed to kill my first one. After mourning its death, I took a step back and figured out what went wrong. My second Spider Plant has lived through two different moves and is going on three years!

Newbie Gardening Tips for Pet Safe Gardens

I learned most of my gardening skills from my mom, who grew up on a farm and has had a Spider Plant for much longer than three years. I gave her a call and asked her what advice she had for new gardeners. While she said that most of it just seemed natural to her (Thanks Mom), she did remind me of two things that she taught me to do:

  • If you purchase potted plants, gently loosen the roots at the bottom so that they can spread freely. This applies if you are transfering a potted plant into a larger pot or into the ground. Doing this ensures that proper water and nutrients makes it up to the leaves and the rest of the plant.
  • When transferring a potted plant, dig a hole bigger than the current pot so that the whole plant will fit. This also creates loose soil around it, which will allow the new roots to more easily penetrate.

Gardening for beginners - planting seeds.

Some Beagles & Bargains’ Facebook friends also had great pieces of advice:

  • Try herbs! They are both useful and can look great in a flower bed. Some herbs are both safe and beneficial for pets! (Ryan of Bones and Fishes)
  • Don’t worry about starting with seeds right away. Try getting starts of plants or buying small plants. They will bloom without all the work! (Jenna)
  • Look into what plants do well in your area, so you avoid the frustration of growing an impossible plant. Don’t forget to account for pests too. (Jen of Dogthusiast)
  • Pick plants based on the amount of light in your garden (shade, full sun, or partial sun). Plants from the store often have tags, which indicates the amount of light they need. (Ann of Pawsitively Pets)

What else should new gardeners consider?

  • Keep your habits in mind. If you tend to over water, get a moisture control soil or set up a calendar. If you tend to forget to water your plants, then try a plant that prefers a drier soil.
  • Get a rain gauge to keep track of how much rain water is getting to your garden.
  • Prune (or remove) dead or old parts of the plant. This will encourage the plant to keep blooming.
  • Start small with only a few plants that you can easily manage. Add more next year when you have more experience under your belt.
  • Read the tag or seed packet before planting. It often contains useful information about lighting, soil, water, and more.
  • Don’t let weeds compete for water and nutrients. Remove them when they pop up.
  • Try an easy to grow flower first. Some of my pet friendly favorites are Sunflowers, Petunias, Marigolds, and Fuschias.
  • If you go on vacation, don’t be afraid to ask a friend or neighbor to water your plants. You worked hard on your garden and you don’t want to see it wilt away while your are poolside. Leave some basic instructions and thank you gift for their time.

Fuschia is an easy to maintain and a great option for beginner gardeners.

Want more on pet friendly gardening? You might enjoy these posts too!

Pet Friendly Gardening 101
Dog Safe Fresh Cut Flowers
Safe and Beneficial Herbs for Dogs
Beautiful, but Deadly Flowers for Pets
Dog Safe Indoor House Plants

What gardening tips do you have for a beginning gardener?

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10 Responses to Newbie Gardening Tips for Pet Safe Gardens

  1. Marti Tabora says:

    Thanks for the links to the sites with all the posts and tips, especially like the safe herbs for pets because I had somehow missed that post.

  2. Kate Obrien says:

    Good reminders for this time of year.

  3. annstaub says:

    Very cool! And thanks for including me on your list! I’ll have to start fixing my garden again… I always let them get out of hand lol… Right now there are just some Gerber Daisies blooming that came back from last year.

    • beaglesbargains says:

      I love Gerber Daisies! It’s tough to find time sometimes. I’m planning to do some work this weekend!

  4. Stephen Tremp says:

    officially the second half of A to Z. Time to catch that second wind, rest up
    on Sunday, then it’s that mad dash toward the finish line!

    Stephen Tremp
    A to Z Cohost
    N is for Numerology

  5. Ruth Epstein says:

    Love the gardening tips thank you

  6. I consider myself a “black thumb” – nevertheless, my daughter has encouraged me this year to grow tomatoes and peppers. Fingers crossed. 🙂

  7. Reava Bennett says:

    These are good tips. I desperately want to start a garden, growing beautiful flowers and organic, GMO-free fruits and veggies. I am doing as much research into what is suitable to plant for my area as well as what I should not plant because I have a little curious wanderer who likes to sniff EVERYTHING in the backyard. Not to mention that he would certainly kill it once he lifts a leg over it! LOL.

  8. Ann Cluck says:

    I needed these tips earlier this year!!! I did try to get some seedlings and they were doing great until a 100 mile wind came through my yard and obliterated all of them. Lady Girl usually just goes after the grass for an upset tummy.

  9. sandy weinstein says:

    i like to grow lots of plants, i live on over 11 acres, have several very large flower beds, i have lots of herbs growing to try to keep he deer away, which they are supposed to not like, but if hungry they will eat anything. i save seeds and throw they over my deck and gets lots of surprises, one yr i had watermelons, large squash, you can grow grape tomatoes from the rotten ones, etc. cantaloupes have nice flowers.