We've been spending most of our free time tending to our garden. After we made the garden beds, we dumped two truckloads of cow manure/farming soil in our backyard that we got from a friend's property, and began the process of making good gardening soil for our planter beds.
We had the kids shovel and shovel and shovel the manure into our wheel barrel, and then transfer it to the planter beds. Most of the kids were happy to do it. Kolby hated it and complained the entire time. After all, it takes a lot of loads to fill each of the six-foot planter beds. Kennedy helped smooth out the layers, as we filled it with soil, manure, pete moss, and more manure.
We even found some pots of different sizes so that Kamy could have her own little garden to grow and take care of, as part of her young woman personal progress that she works on for church. She made sure to fill her pots with soil/manure and get it prepped for the seed starters that were growing.
After a few weeks, we were ready to plant our starters, which we had been acclimating outside for about a week. As The Husband and I began the process of planting all of the little plants into the big garden beds, in nice orderly rows and clearly marked with our popsicle stick markers, Kamy chose about a dozen plants for her little garden, including jalapenos, tomatoes, pumpkin, zucchini, sunflowers, and bell peppers.
Now our plants are officially growing outside. We hope they produce lots of veggies. The zucchini and squash plants were the best looking, so we have high hopes for them. Growing a family garden is so exciting!!