My teen son decided he wanted to grow some stuff. What's your advice to him?

Having next to no experience as a gardener, I carted my son off to one of those garden stores and walked around lost.

Finally a wonderful and helpful woman came over and showed us around the store, telling us what we would need to get started.

So we brought home gardening gloves, shovels, planters, dirt, miracle grow-type stuff, and went with starter plants instead of seeds.

Benj chose mint (they told us to pot that or it would overtake the garden), tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, hot peppers, bell peppers, and strawberries.

This may seem a bit ambitious, considering we aren't even sure how good our plot of land is for growing, or how much sun will get through the trees and how much the fence will block.

(photo by liz jeressi)
(photo by liz jeressi)

Being that we didn't fully read up on the way to plant and care for them, we don't necessarily have enough space in the patch we thought we'd put them all in, so now we have to clear out more garden space and get the rest of the stuff into the ground soon.

I got pots for the basil, which will do for now, but we need much more room that we thought for the cucumbers. And can you plant veggies where flowers once were planted?

This is totally an experiment and I have no idea how it will go, but would greatly appreciate any and all of your advice!

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