Thank you for all of your advice! Here are a few photos of my garden. I’m still really far behind other gardens in the area but I’m starting to see a few things grow. My peas are still going wild, as are my green beans. My squash, zucchini, cucumbers and pumpkins are growing; they just aren’t excelling at this whole growing thing. A friend gave me two more mature tomato plants to add to my collection of cherry tomatoes that I planted. I think I see a bunch of peppers coming up but it’s too soon to distinguish them from the weeds. I see some carrots growing and what appear to be two corn plants. Here is a garden that I covet.
Don’t worry that the soil is too dry, it’s very moist below the milimeter of dryness on top.
My flower gardens are coming along well also. One group of flowers is done blooming and now I’m waiting for the next batch to fill in. I have three more peony plants to get into the ground in the front yard and I’m considering alternating them with hydrangeas.