August 6, 2014 7:30 AM Subscribe
I have outdoor space for the first time in my life at my new house. But as a lifelong apartment dweller and city boy, I have virtually no horticultural knowledge. Can you recommend resources to help orient me in my little yard? I'm pretty much at square one.
posted by Admiral Haddock to Home & Garden (19 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Really my only experience with growing things has been some herbs on a windowsill. In my garden so far, I've identified a tiger lily (and the lily beetles that munched it up), something my wife tells me is hosta, and I've pulled up some grassy things my wife wants gone (but I'm not really sure what they are). I've also mowed the lawn once, for the first time in my life.
That's the complete extent of my knowledge and activities, without exaggeration. I cannot identify any other plant that isn't a kitchen herb, a pine tree, a ginkgo, a fern, a rose, a tulip, a calla lily, eucalyptus, or ivy. I know I'm in climate zone 6a.
I am very handy around the house, and I'd really like to be just as handy around the house. Can you recommend books, websites, streaming videos, etc. that I can use to start to educate myself? I need lots of color pictures! And explanations, and a rubric for figuring out what things are (like the grassy things I pulled out), and techniques!
Bonus points for books/apps that are actually a worthwhile experience on an iPad, so I can learn on the train.