Welcome to the wonderful world of gardening. I have been in Charlotte about the same time and on the Charlotte forum there are a few really good threads about specific tips for gardening. If you search the forum for "Gardening and landscaping" you will find them. Here is one Landscaping & gardening tips for newcomers to the Charlotte area - Part 3
The other source actually was the Garden board, people here are very knowledgeable and very helpful. The one source that I have been enjoying is YouTube, just type what you want to learn about and you will find a long list of clips of people doing different things. I just learned couple tips on how to protect zucchini plants from the zucchini borer, which I had never known about without the help of this board. When I started gardening, I just started with seedlings and put them in the ground. I started with couple pots but now have a couple flower and veggies beds. Of course google can help and books from the library. Good luck.