14 have you gone to the soil and composting forum
they talk all about dirt ! :) and give great help and ideas .
I guess you first have to consider what soil you have in your area
i m not familiar with FL ?
or are you talking about starting seedling and what medium to use. ?
with manure you let it age first before using it .
hope it helps
with such a small area i don't know if squash is going to be good idea. They take up alot of room even if its just 1 plant.
cucs too. unless you trellis them
lettuce is good idea for an area like that
but to be honest since it is so small i would do
lettuce,radish's, green beans ,carrots or onion. if you do something big it will cover the small stuff and not give them any sun.
i bet you could train the squash to go on the outside and off to the side ? just plant it on the end.
you would need to do a raised bed and add lots of topsoil and some compost . mix it in and keep good drainage.
hope it helps
let me know if i can help some more
What did you find out about it ?
it is considered a " hot " manure and is high in nitrogen. you need a balance for your fertilizer.
honestly with your area i would buy a bag . Of Miracle grow . Most manures have to age at least a yr to use it. Some come in bags and is called compost. which is a better alternative then using straight manure. Easier too.
Are you starting seeds inside then transplant them outside or are you wanting to plant them straight in the ground ?
your local library would have many books on seeds starting and gardening
do you like to read
i love to read
In a garden that size, grow upwards. Cucumbers and some summer squash can be trellised to save space. Pole beans give a greater yield for the space than bush beans. All the crops you mention are hot-weather crops, except for lettuce. Planting your lettuce on the north end of your garden will give it shade from all the crops on the trellises, keep it cooler. Also the kale, if you decide to try it.