Seeking advice? Me, too. Let's help each other out!

My first question: Should I paint my nails today? If so, which color? Or should I give my nails a rest? Are your nails always painted, or do you give them breathers?

My second, much bigger, question: How do I garden?

I want to put a veggie garden in this summer but I've never done anything like that before. So, here are the things I'm wondering:

1. We have a horseshoe-shaped yard and I'm trying to figure out where to put the garden and what shape to make it. Right now, I'm thinking something like this:

What do you think? Are there benefits or shortcomings to this shape that I'm not thinking of? Obviously, ours would probably not have the fancy fence around and the door but we could probably do a somewhat raised bed like this.

2. What the heck should I plant and when? I'm thinking I definitely want lettuces, tomatoes, and peppers but, beyond that, I'm stumped. If it helps, I live in Zone 5A (I didn't know that till last year!). What do you grow in your garden?

3. Are there any fruits/veggies you can think of that grow well in shady areas? Most of our backyard is pretty sunny most of the summer but I'd like to make use of the front yard, too, if possible...

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If you have advice for any of these questions, don't hesitate to chime in.

Also, if you need advice on anything in your own life, let us know!