Answer: Since you are a beginner, you might want to take a look at a few books. One I particularly like is "Gardening for Dummies" which is straightforward and will help you organize your thinking. It addresses planning a yard, evaluating the growing conditions, selecting plants, establishing them and maintaining them over time. You might also want to contact your local County Extension for suggestions as to plants that do well in your local area and for help with running preliminary soil tests.
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