Posted: 12/02/2016 at 20:26
Hi Shirley - if you have a camera, take some photos of your garden and put them on here. Click on the little tree icon in the toolbar and follow instructions. As plants come through, or get their spring/summer foliage, there are plenty of people here who will ID them for you and offer advice on care and pruning etc. At this time of year there are late winter and early spring bulbs which might be lurking - ready to come through - so take that advice of having a seat and taking notes...and a few more photos
Soil testing kits are readily available in Garden Centres too.
Young children enjoy pottering so I'd echo Sparkles' advice and get a few cheap troughs or pots and a few packets of seeds for the them. Things like nasturtiums are very easy - big seeds and grow quickly - so they're brilliant for children. Sweet peas are also fairly easy and we have a resident expert called DavidK who will help you with them on the dedicated thread Sweat Pea Know How. You can grow them in large pots or in the border.
If you like salads, there are loads of lettuce varieties which will grow happily in containers. Herbs are also easy and you can pick them up cheaply in all sorts of places.
We also have a Seed Swap thread where you can get a few things to start you off
Most of all - don't worry - we all start off with no knowledge, but it's a lot of fun learning!