Last Sunday, February 27th, we headed to the nursery to pick up our seeds and a few bags of organic dirt. Because we live in sandy FL, our natural soil is at least 90% sand. So, we need to help it out a bit by adding some pre-bagged soil, along with our home-prepped compost and previous year's soil.
Here is our first garden bed that now holds the seeds of three kinds of tomatoes (roma, sweetie and incas), zucchini, spinach, squash, cucumber, cilantro, oregano, rosemary and nasturtiums.
This is garden bed number two. Fortunately, our strawberry plants survived the winter and actually already have several green strawberries on them. We're watching them closely to see when we can taste them! This year, this bed will consist of green/red peppers, sugar peas, green beans, basil, strawberries, lavender and sweet peppers.
I didn't post a photo, but off to the side of this garden, closer to the house, we planted sunflowers.
I loved this sweet photo of my oldest. She absolutely adores being in the garden almost as much as I do. She worked quite hard to help prepare and plant the seeds for this spring.
And of course the oldest doesn't do anything without our middle sweet girl. She is constantly 'helping' and is starting to understand the gardening thing too. :)
Please ignore the 'work' clothes choice, and admire the sweetness of all three of my kiddos enjoying this family hobby! My husband is obviously the hardest worker of us all. He prepared the beds almost completely on his own, hauling the fresh compost and emptying the bags of new soil. I love that he loves to love what I love to do. :)
I remember last year, many of my virtual gardening friends would brag about all of the earthworms in their gardens. I was a bit devastated that I never came across any in our gardens. But, I'm certain that seeing an earthworm on planting day this year is a sure sign for some awesome crops! :)