Young Grasshopper in need of advice.
Thanks for writing. Start off by making sure your 10x10-foot spot gets full sun --- if it doesn't get at least 6 hours of direct sun a day, you may not have much luck with your vegetables.
Then if the area has never been a garden, work the soil (or build a raised bed and bring fresh soil in) to prepare it for planting. Amend it with compost.
Then you can go aobut planting. Start with the Brussels sprouts, cabbage, radishes, and carrots --- these plants don't mind cool weather and can actually withstand light frosts. Wait until all danger of frost has passed in your area to plant the cucumbers, pumpkins, tomatoes, and peppers --- these plants HATE being cold.
As your plants grow, water them during times of drought and keep an eye out for pest and disease problems. Give your tomatoes some support so they grow upright and consider training your pumpkins and cucumbers on a trellis so they don't take up too much space (just one or two healthy pumpkin plants can fill a 10x10 spot!).
---Justin, Senior Garden Editor, BHG.com
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