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Advice for complete beginner

Hi all,

New the to forum and wondering if I could seek some basic advice for a complete beginner who’s never touched on gardening before.

My girlfriend and I recently purchased our first home back in August and it came with this lovely area to grow vegetables in the garden. We’d hate to waste the potential of this so could anyone tell me where I need to start to get this looking lovely and growing some delicious fruits and vegetables?


  • TheveggardenerTheveggardener Posts: 1,057
    Hi It looks like you might have fennel and Grannies bonnet in one of the beds but not sure. If that is weed covering both beds you could clear it all out and you never know there might be some nice thing trying to come through . Others on here will know better than me as I'm also new to gardening. Welcome to the forum which is full of knowledgeable people who will help. 
  • PurplerainPurplerain Posts: 1,053
    edited March 2019
    I have a good book by Carol Klein called "Grow your own veg". If there is anything I am not sure of, I refer to that. It looks like you have a good start there with the raised beds and (what looks like a Tomato house). 

    I just remembered that Charles Dowding the "no dig" gardener has a lot of very good videos on Youtube.
    SW Scotland
  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601
    Those raised beds are really the business! I'd check for anything worth keeping then clear them out and top up with bought top soil. There are lots of books and YouTube things to help you get started but I think the main rule is to start small and extend as you gain experience. I love growing potatoes - silly because they are so cheap in the shops - but it feels fantastic when you put in one spud and turn up half a dozen! Tomatoes are fun, too. Nothing tastes better than sun-warmed strawberries.
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