New Gardener

New Gardener

I've just moved with my roommate into a new apartment that has a lovely little space beneath our porch (not under it obviously, but you know what I mean, I hope) that I thought I could turn into some nice summer flowers or some herbs or something. What I'm looking for is some information on how to start that, I've never planted anything in my life and the only plant I've ever taken care of is my spider plant, Fred. He's a trooper, doesn't require much. Any information would be fantastic. :-) Cheers! ~Leah ETA: I live in Colorado Springs, Colorado and the area gets a fair amount of sun, except there's another house in front of it and it gets an equal amount of shade.
Oh, the frustration!

Oh, the frustration!

help! I am killing a tree

help! I am killing a tree

Dichondra?

Dichondra?

new.

new.

Almost the last tomato and pepper harvest

Almost the last tomato and pepper harvest

Plant ID and possible fungus ID

Plant ID and possible fungus ID