I am almost completely new to gardening, my experience is limited to helping my Grandmother weed her own garden. I intend to start a garden and grow vegetables and other edible plants and herbs, not really anything perennial or ornamental. Anyway, I have a number of questions:
1. I am living in Southern Michigan, in a semi-urban area with a temperate climate. We are coming up on Fall pretty quickly here, but it is still warm, in fact, we just had the warmest day of the year yesterday (92F with a 102F heat index). What can I grow, if anything at this time of year?
2. The area I plan to use is currently a sorely unattended and underutilized yard. It has fairly tall grass and weeds. What would be the best way to clear this area and prepare it for Fall or Spring planting? My plan right now is to lay down a weed mat over the area I want to use, kill the current plantlife, naturally fertilize the area and then till it all together.
3. My last question has to do with which plants to grow from seed. I understand some can be quite difficult, such as corn, and others are much easier. Which plants would you guys recommend that I purchase germinated and which should I purchase and grow from seed?
Thank you for your time!