Sounds like you are doing great...learn as you go...this is the first year for me too...my garden is looking ok..i need to work on the soil...in the spring i will add compost and something to lighten it up..it is very heavy...happy gardening...and good luck.
this is my 3rd year of gardening, each year it seems to get better and bigger. I started pretty small with one raised bed and now I have six raised beds and 3 hills of potatoes three types,the lowest bed has a mix of corn and squash plants, then one has asparagus and nasturtiums, beans in a third 2 kinds, then peas and carrots in another,beets in one, lettuce,onions(strays) and spinach. each year I try one new thing some times 2 and keep the favorites for the next year. I save any seed that didn't get planted and plant it the next year or share with some one else who wants to try some thing I have.