Also another thing to think about is eco friendly gardening.
I recommend a book called Weedless Gardening
by Reich, which teaches methods for gardening with minimal disruption to the natural layers of soil. Also a catalog called 'Gardens Alive' where you can order green lacewings and praying mantis to protect your veggies.
My own odd tip? Bulk buy chili powder and sprinkle a heavy boarder around your plants to descourage wild snackers. Also works well under cars to keep unwanted tenants from making an apartment of your engine block....
My current eco-project is using old newpapers as a weed barrier! (See book listed above.) So far it is working wonderfully well. 4 layers of paper with compost on top --weed roots from below starve due to darkness, but the seedlings I plant on the paper can put down roots just fine! No weed killers needed!
THANKS! This is my first year with my garden and I've already made so many mistakes, I'm so glad to hear about good sources of information!