Posted: 23/08/2013 at 20:09
My advice isn't whats been said so far,
You have to firstly ask yourself how much time do you want to spend gardening ?
Take into account the weather, ie you cant just say i'll garden every weekend and then come the week end it's just not gardening weather at all,
You say your a new person to gardening and as an older gardener who's now retired and gardens all day most days i can tell you three things that kill off a lot of people who think they want to garden,
(1) Patience "you really do need a lot of it, good gardens dont just happen "they're a well thought out plan and because we need certain conditions for verious seeds/ plants /shrubs to grow ie type of soil's for different plants, type of weather type of feeding etc etc ,
All this is wasted if all fails due to lack of patience.
(2) Understanding how your chosen plants/flowers etc grow, what possition they need ie sun/shade/ woodland conditions etc
in other words do your home work read up on the subjects you'd like to grow and be ready in time to take the first step in growing knowing what your doing.
(3) Not trying to run before you can walk, "Dont take on to much at once,
Time is a very big factor in any form of a hobby, And gardening needs lots of it,
Mother nature wont stop weeds growing because you've not been able to garden this week because it rained over your time off from work,
So again know how to slow weeds down!!
how to give yourself a chance before it all gets to much,
Better to grow a few well grown shrubs /plants than to have your own home made jungle "because you took to much on,
Use the verious tools and machine's to help both speed up the task and help you not feel like your dead by the end of the days gardening "aches and pain are all part of gardening.
For myself the end of the day just sitting on the bench looking at the garden and all it has to offer is the best time of the day for me and my dog.
Good luck and welcome to gardening.