Wow, thanks for all of the great tips everyone. This was my first garden as well. While I fared better than Lostmind, I did have some similar problems. I had the most success with pole beans and tomatoes. I found that planting Basil with the tomatos helped keep the pests away and the basil grew very well. I found that I had to pull of the "sucker" branches on the tomatos to keep the fruit from getting covered by the drying leaves. The pole beans were quite unruly and many times I had a leaning tower of beans. I felt like I needed to climb into the plants to get at the beans all twisted up. Next year I will use a arched trellis!! I know now to pick them when they are slim and small for the best right off the vine flavour. I didn't have to fertilise the zuccihni, but did have the same fungus problem. Perhaps having some other flowers about the garden to attract the bees works. I had lots of bees. My cilantro also didn't fare well, but I did get some home made salsa out of it. Yum. Any tips for growing vigorous Rosemary. Mine seemed to grow very slowly. Is this normal?