I've never had much luck growing plants, but love fresh herbs. I'd like to grow them this year rather than continually buying them. The ones we use most are basil, rosemary, thyme and cilantro. If possible I'd like to grow garlic and hot peppers like jalapeno, serrano and habenero.
In addition to my inexperience, I have two problems: 1) We have huge trees all around our house and very little direct sunlight. 2) We have a huge groundhog living in the back yard who I'm sure would be delighted to eat anything I plant.
So, can I grow these things on my screened porch? It gets direct sun for a couple hours in the morning. And the groundhog couldn't get to them. If I do try this, when should I plant them in the pots? Should I start with seeds or plants?