Posted: 05/10/2014 at 17:22
My advice would be do little at the moment, see what comes through the winter, there could be winter flowering bushes bulbs early spring plants which suddenly appear, in other words you could do more harm than good. Look through charity shops you will find many gardening books often never been opened RHS encyclopaedia of gardening would be ideal plus one on the identification of plants. You do not have to prune in Autumn unless a shrub is too top heavy and being battered by the wind Spring is quite normal for most things. You can identify Roses and take them down around a third then prune properly in Spring.
The Veg Patch will be OK to over winter if it has been dug over then in spring weed and rake a bit at a time and sow the seed or plants you wish to grow, frost helps break down clods and you can take out any obvious weeds by hand now, consider grass a weed in a Veg plot. Take your time, little and often rather than a back breaking make over in one go and most of all enjoy learning and gardening, we all started from where you are, do not be afraid to come on here asking and telling us how it is going we love to keep up.