new gardener with disabilities needs some tips :)
Hey everyone! I'm brand new to gardening. My mother has a black thumb, but I am 25 and living with my partner and his mom, who is a great gardener. I've taken a great interest in where our food comes from (we joined a CSA last year, etc). For Christmas, I got some worms to start a vermicompost! My partner is basically in charge of that, but I know that the long and short of it is that I'll have some awesome dirt to plant with. I have some books like Kitchen Garden and The 20 Minute Vegetable Gardener, but I'm sort of wondering if there's any real life advice that I should get, like, "I wish I'd known xyz my first year of gardening..." I live in Zone 6A(? according to the internet). Our yard gets sun for lots of the day and there have been plants grown there successfully before. I'm hoping to plant things that we didn't get much of in our CSA. I'm considering peas, broccoli, kohlrabi, sugar pumpkins, green or yellow or orange peppers, maybe some kind of melon or other fruit, and definitely herbs. Is corn too adventurous? How many things should I try to plant? What's easy and what's hard? When do I start planting things inside? Another factor is that I am a person with a disability - I have rheumatoid arthritis, lyme disease, fibromyalgia, etc, so I need to make sure that my attempts are manageable and not way too much. At the same time, I am newly not working, and I want to make sure that I have a reason to go outside every day or so. Thanks so much for helping a new gardener.