So you want to be a gardener? Going out and just planting probably will not give you the results that you desire. It takes some basic knowledge to be successful.
Certainly you can visit your local library to get tips from a variety of books but at some state colleges and universities you can find robust resources to help you become a master gardener. For example, at University of Vermont their Vermont Master Gardenerâ€? website provides ample information to successfully start a garden. If you are a Vermont resident there is even a toll free number if you have a question.
You can also take a master gardener course and earn the designation of Master Gardener. According to the university's website the 12 week course teaches you about, œsoils and soil fertility, plant pests and diseases and their control, fruit and vegetable production, turf management, annual and perennial flower growing, caring for shrubs and woody ornamentals, landscape design, invasive plant control, and integrated garden management. The course fee is $295 with an additional $75 for course materials. In order to earn the designation of Master Gardener not only must you take the course, but also you must complete a community volunteer program where you team up with a Master Gardener to complete local projects.
Check out your state's college and university system for information about gardening and with a little knowledge you too can have that green thumb you have always wanted!