Last year was my first time gardening and I had no idea what I was doing, and I mostly used containers and random, separate spots I dug up in the yard. The yard has now mostly recovered from that. Everything grew well initially and I had small harvests in the very beginning, but my squash, zucchini and cantaloupe were quickly and totally destroyed by pickleworm and melonworm. Every fruit was riddled with holes. I got so desperate that I sprayed AND dusted with Sevin almost daily and it did nothing. My corn was covered in aphids and every single ear had a worm. If it weren’t for my bell peppers, I would never garden again. No problems with them. They survived multiple hurricanes and produced through December. I live on the Gulf Coast.
This year I planned ahead and used a friend’s tiller to make a real garden. The plot is about 12 ft x 10 ft. I added manure and tilled again. Now I’m ready to plant. I bought row tunnel covers that I intend to use for my squash and zucchini to battle the pickleworm and melonworm (I know I’ll have to take them down during the day once I have flowers and put them back at sundown). I also plan to start using BT immediately and often.
I hope an experienced gardener with time to spare will look at this list of seeds I bought and advise me on how to arrange them.
What I’m going to grow:
-Yellow squash and gray squash
-Small and regular watermelons
-Bell peppers (three types)
-Red and yellow onion bulbs
What I know:
-Corn is supposed to be planted on the North side to keep from blocking sun from other plants
-Sunflowers probably need to be planted with corn for the reason above
-I read that sunflowers can worsen pest problems (the LAST thing I need) so maybe I shouldn’t plant them at all. Thoughts?
-Corn and tomatoes are not supposed to be grown together
-Cantaloupes and watermelon will have to be somewhere on the perimeter so the vines can spread out
-Squash/zucchini need to be on a perimeter so I can do what I was saying with the row covers
Any insight that anyone can provide would be very much appreciated. Thank you