Posted: 19/01/2012 at 22:09
A quick Google for advice is very useful, but sometimes it's nice to flick through paper pages and I recommend the RHS Step-by-step Gardening Techniques, also their Allotment Handbook. Some advice from a new gardener - don't get bogged down in reseach. We moved last March to a house with a big garden and the more I read the more I found out how little I knew, so kept putting off taking the first steps till suddenly it was May.
I went to a nursery and bought cheap (it being so late in the season) seed potatoes, onion sets, leeks, a courgette plant, a butternut squash plant, 20 spinach beet plants and 4 runner bean plants. I stuck them in the ground, watered them daily till they were established and everything grew like triffids! (I was very lucky on the pest front, maybe because the soil is acid/sandy, on the edge of a heath?) Even the spinach beet and lettuce from seed did really well. The usual advice is to grow food that's expensive rather than cheap to buy, but I got huge satisfaction from feeding my family of four with my own cheap & seasonal produce every day for months. Good luck!