Tabasco - join the club. Gardening and garden related issues is a never ending learning process. That is why this forum is so popular. Lots of "old" gardeners still learning, sharing and growing!
You really are a fast learner
When I was "young and dumb" (new to gardening) I planted "willy nilly" with no consideration for varieties suitable for my region or planting dates. I also spent a lot of time and money amending my soil with commercial soil and fertilizers instead of composting. Never considered having a soil test done first.
I messed up this year My compost bins were neglected since last summer so I had no "cooked" compost to work into my garden.
I also planted very late this year - like less than 2 weeks ago.
Because I had no compost I ended up adding commercial soil. Not my first choice.
IDK if you will find this link helpful or not. The source is trust worthy. The information is research based and specific to gardening in Florida. I apologize if I have already sent it to you.
https://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/lawn_and_garde ... g_started/
So any way - have you started a compost pile/bin? Where are you getting/what are you using for your browns and greens? If you need help finding stuff for little or nothing just ask. I am constantly amazed by the creativity of the forum members when it comes to finding material for composting. FREE is one of my favorite things.
Stick around. I really enjoy hearing from you.