Posted: 15/09/2014 at 19:22
Steve welcome, as with the army, knowing where to go to get the best advice is half the problem solved. Being a serviceman, you'll know all about method, procedure and following systems. You seem organised, which is what I would expect and organised. Both good qualities in a gardener, even a reluctant one.
Gardening is all about method and following well known and practised procedures, knowing when where and how. The only difference is you won't get shouted at or shot for for making a mistake on this forum.
I have the distinct feeling, you'll be successful as you've done the right thing in the first place by coming here for help. The only stupid question is the one you don't ask.
I wish you luck, although I don't think you'll need it somehow.