I think soreness in the legs gets over pronounced because of how much you need to use them. If I go heavy on say back or chest, i will be sore, but I can limit the use of those muscles fairly easily throughout the day. You simply cant do that with legs.
Most everyone is on the right track here, nutrition is important, but wont likely help with DOMS right now. As your body gets used to going heavy, the sorness will die down, but as eric and others have said you want to make sure you warm up properly, and you should not be going to failure.
You should consume carbohydrates right after heavy workout. Especially honey.
Honey is not optimal for post workout nutrition, is consists of roughly 39% fructose, which will not have an effect on glycogen levels in the muscle. I would suggest either a combo of dextrose and maltodextrin (50/50) or waxy maize starch in your post workout shake.