My snow covered mulch, just waiting
What better time to start the thinking process than a snowy nighty in February? It helps me get warm just writing about it.
First I suppose we need to help you determine if you like the "process" of gardening or just the end result. If the end result is what you are after, it might be better to hire someone because sometimes things don't always go as planned.
This is the same approach I take to fishing. I know about structure, currents, high/low pressure, water temperature, etc., but with all that and much more, there were still days that I would get skunked. If I did not enjoy the experience of being outside, enjoying nature, I would have stopped long ago.
In fact, I enjoy nature enough that I took a walk-about today while it was still drizzling rain and hovering around 33 degrees. It was just good to get out.
This is what you need if you plan to actually work your garden. Enjoy the process.
Now assuming that you will enjoy the process, what do you want to accomplish? Do you want a flower garden, plants to accent an area, grow your own vegetables, or all of the above? Knowing this will help you choose your garden location.
In some cases, your location may be set, so in that case you take an inventory of the site to determine what you have to do to grow certain plants, or IF you can grow those plants. Do you need well drained soil, full sun, shade, both, etc.
I know it sounds complicated but after a little research things start to fall into place. I'll post this now and see if anyone is out there, wants to talk gardening, has questions, etc.. If not, I will move to other considerations.