New to NC - Holly Springs
I am so thrilled to have come across this forum! We recently moved from IN to NC and I am so lost on gardening. I have never really had a huge garden or anything but the previous owners of the home we purchased gave u a good start so I am attempting gardening for real now. :)
I am not sure what to plant. They have about 20-25 holly trees/bushes and I can't say I am thrilled about having that many on a 1/3 of an acre. Do these transplant if I wanted to give any away?
They were obviously fans of bushes and green type plants as there are not a lot of flowering ones that I have found except for in on spot in the yard. I however, am the opposite. Love the flowering plants. Want to add to and change out some of the existing plants. I just hate to kill plants off! If they can be transplanted I want to do so. Just not sure what exactly some are and the best way to go about finding these things out.
I know one is a boxwood and of course lots of holly trees. There is another I keep calling a Hawthorne but not sure that is really what it is.
There are also several prickly type shrubs/bushes and I am not a huge fan of those either. The only reason I want to keep some of the holly ones is for the birds to have the berries in the winter. Although I am petrified of my toddlers trying to eat the berries. Any suggestions? I'm not even sure where to start with it all.
I know logically I should wait and see what all blooms over the next year but I am too impatient! I want to plant something. I would really love to plant a cutting garden and some raised plant beds for veggies next year.
Oh, on raised beds, any suggestions on the best way to start those? I have gone back and forth of removing the grass or "smothering" it. I have everything to do a small raised bed right now but just can't decide which is the best way to go. I also need to look into an irrigation company coming out to redo some sprinkler heads and such.
So much to do and I don't really know the best place to start! New gardener in need of help please! :)