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fzaidi227
May 18, 2020 10:40 PM CST
Hi Everyone,

Beginner here! I have two different projects I want to start but I don't know much about gardening and I definitely want to learn more. Any book/online recommendations for me to learn more?
I live in the townhouse in the northeast so I have weather and space constraints.

I plan to start two projects:

1) Flowering Pots/containers for my front door
2) Not sure how doable this would be but, I want a small garden that I can transport inside for winter.
I would grow coriander, mint, ginger, spinach

I want to learn more about which flowers to pick for the front door containers.
If I pick annuals do I re-plant new flowers every year?
How do I pick flowers that last from summer to fall?
What do I do with perennials during the winter?

Lots of questions so if someone could point me in the directions or give me some helpful websites for planning that would be great.

Thank you!

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May 18, 2020 11:12 PM CST
Welcome! In your pic your doorway is sunny. How much more sun do you get there? The amount of sun you get will determine the types flowers you can plant.
If you have at least 6 hours a day of sun, you can grow any kind of flowers that you want. Yes, annuals would need to be replanted every year. Perennials would be a good choice, and some that bloom throughout the season would be salvias and echinaceas.These would be left in the pots and they would come back the next year. There are some roses that are suitable for pots. You could plant some small grasses for background interest. There are also small shrubs that could be grown in pots, which would be a nice green accent throughout the year.
As far as the herbs you would like, I've never grown any of these inside. The coriander would need the most sun. Of all these, the spinach and coriander are annual herbs and veggies and would need to be replanted after harvesting. I'm thinking mint could be grown inside because it prefers a fair amount of shade. Spinach is a cool weather crop that is grown either in the early to mid spring and then mid to late fall. It's not grown in the heat of the summer.
When choosing pots for container plants, look for ones on the larger side and ones that have plenty of drainage holes.
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