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Question: I moved to a new apartment and there were some pots and gardening material left(bag of soil, spray bottles, etc.) There was also a hanging basket in which the vegetation had turned comletely brown. I could not recognize nor identify the type of plant.

But just seeing these things and hving the space available gave me a desire to put my hand at growing something.

Where do I go from here?

Answer: How exciting for you! And what a treasure trove to find! Start by emptying out all the containers and cleaning them well with a bleach solution (1 part bleach, 9 parts water), rinse the containers and allow them to air dry. Then invest in some good potting soil, moisten it and fill the containers about 2/3rds full. Then cruise the garden centers for some beautiful plants. Annuals grow for a single season; perennials grow for 3 or more years. Figure out whether the area gets lots of sunshine or just a few hours of sunshine and choose your plants based upon their requirements for sun or shade. Then all you need to do is plant your new plants in the containers, water them well and keep them watered all summer long. As you gain experience you'll probably want to experiment with lots of different flowering plants, herbs and even vegetables. I know you will have a wonderful time!

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