newbie w/lots of questions
hi. this is my first time making a veggie garden. my husband is building it for me and we're lining the bottom w/wire mesh & landscape fabric to keep animals from burrowing in from underneath and we're doing chicken wire around the perimeter & a lid of chicken wire over the top to keep the deer out. it'll be 4ft x 8 ft. does this sound ok?
what kind of soil do i need? i will transplanting seedlings for cauliflower, eggplant, tomatoes & peppers and will direct sow broccoli, spinach, sugar snap peas, carrots & cukes
what needs to be "hardened" before transplanting? what does "thinning them out" mean & how is it done? if i plant 5 broccoli seeds, will i just get a one time crop of 5 heads? that's a lot of valuable space to give up for just 5 heads, right? same for spinach? cauliflower? eggplant? etc.
can the seedlings stay in those little Burpee seed starter container cells until transplanting into the ground in 6 weeks?
any advice at all is welcome. thanks!