I just started getting the garden ready for a fresh crop, and can't wait to crank up the tiller for the first time this season! Staples have been many varieties of peppers, lots of squash, lots of cucumbers, some beans, lettuce, basil, dill, and tomatoes. This year, I'm making it smaller and cutting out maters- my wife and I don't eat them and they take up too much space to be giving away. What I have found is that when I buy a few packs of cucumber seeds from Lowe's I end up with some great cucumbers and some plants that make cukes that are blimp shaped (very round, low production, my wife doesn't like them. My other tab is on a seed site, what varieties do you recommend? What other plants would you recommend? I'm in solid Zone 8 with sun from late morning until mid afternoon. This year I didn't bother starting anything indoors seed wise- seems that the last two seasons I'd have a LOT of time invested in seed flats only to see a local store have a fifty cent blowout on ready to transplant veggies. So planning just to start cukes/squash/melons and such fast growers.