Posted: 13/03/2014 at 17:05
i can give limited advice as i am perhaps a year or so further down the line than you in terms of being a novice. one thing i would definitely say to you is, walk before you can run .. i have wasted lots of money, time and misguided effort trying to do a thousand things at once that i didnt have enough knowledge or skill to achieve. this forum is a godsend i must say - i have learnt a lot just from reading and applying to my own cases. yes its essential to make mistakes as thats how we learn - however you can minimise your losses by starting small.
as Clarington has asked above, what plants do you like? you will find sticking to growing something you actually like, as opposed to what you think you should be growing, will give you much more back than trying to force things. it can be overwhelming - so, SO many plants ... lots of them beautiful ... but really try hard to limit them down to a handful that are achievable within your timeframe. and on that note, be conservative with your commitments, as things in life crop up. allow some time to be flexible.
good luck and happy growing!