Thank you everyone for the responses!!
Jal_ut- that makes a lot of sense and sounds like something we could do. I probably won't be able to do hand pollination as I work away from home during the week for the majority of the summer and only have the weekends to tend to it (though I try to make sure it can get watered when it is super hot out).
Rainbow Gardner- You are always so good about remembering what has been posted- I check it out at work during my lunch but new blocker won't let me look at the pics so I will definitely have to check it out at home. It looked helpful though- but I can't wait to see the pics. I am sort of a visual person.
imafan26- oval... I bet your garden looks really neat! Hopefully our project will work out well. My son is very into gardening and I want his garden plan to be successful. I mean he sat down and worked out companion plantings and everything.
Thanks again everyone- at least now I am more confident it can work, which goes a long way