Basics - New To Everything

So I'm growing quite interested in growing plants. I'd like to grow some vegetables (tomatoes, maybe some peppers, eggplant for my gf), some flowers (any really that would look nice and teach me how to grow flowers), and herbs (not sure if this falls under vegetables, I'm learning as I go along!).

I live in a smaller city and will probably be planting into containers in my back patio area. I'd like to do some creative gardening using a pallet as a vertical growing garden for some flowers, perhaps some hanging potted plants and the vegetables to make my own sauces and food.

Yet, I know nothing of gardening or planting. I don't want to just assume that it's "plant it and it will grow" because I know there's more to it than that. I'd like to know some basics, where I can learn some more information and become a better gardener all around, over time of course, I know this won't be an overnight thing.

What basics/advice would you give someone just getting started with gardening/planting?

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 56,601
    In no particular order ...

    1.  Get yourself ‘How to be a Gardener’ by Alan Titchmarsh

    2.  Look at the ‘How to... ‘ section here https://www.gardenersworld.com/

    3.  Watch Gardeners World and Beechgrove on tv

    4. Ask us as many questions as you like ... never feel stupid because you don’t know ... we all started somewhere and we like helping. 

    5.  Develop patience. 

    6.  Encourage wildlife into your garden ... they’re your helpers. 

    7.  Make time to sit back with a slice of cake and a cuppa and gaze with pride at your garden. 

    Enjoy. 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • steephillsteephill Posts: 963
    The first thing to think about is water. As you will be growing in containers you will be the main source of water for your plants. An outdoor tap would be very useful and waterbutts on rainwater downpipes would be a priority for me. Setting up an automatic watering system would save a lot of labour and remove worries over holiday watering.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 56,601
    And there we were ... trying to be helpful ... and it turns out to be a spammer 😡 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • pitter-patterpitter-patter Posts: 659
    There are always other people reading these posts and benefiting one way or another from your words. 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 56,601
    edited 1 May
    Yes you’re right @pitter-patter 😊. I must’ve been unusually curmudgeonly first thing this morning ... obviously more caffeine needed ☕️ ☕️ ☕️ 

    And as he’s quoted himself we can flag him twice 🤣 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 56,601
    Well, I suppose his first post gives context for the  sage advice that follows it ... 😇 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • So I'm growing quite interested in growing plants. I'd like to grow some vegetables (tomatoes, maybe some peppers, eggplant for my gf), some flowers (any really that would look nice and teach me how to grow flowers), and herbs (not sure if this falls under vegetables, I'm learning as I go along!).

    I live in a smaller city and will probably be planting into containers in my back patio area. I'd like to do some creative gardening using a pallet as a vertical growing garden for some flowers, perhaps some hanging potted plants and the vegetables to make my own sauces and food.

    Yet, I know nothing of gardening or planting. I don't want to just assume that it's "plant it and it will grow" because I know there's more to it than that. I'd like to know some basics, where I can learn some more information and become a better gardener all around, over time of course, I know this won't be an overnight thing.

    What basics/advice would you give someone just getting started with gardening/planting?

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