the day of planting arrived!!!
Because this was an experiment, and I am not the best at following through with projects, we decided to not spend a lot of money. S bought the plants at OSH during one of their 2-for-1 sales. He got 6 tomato plants (none of them Early Girls, which I'd requested), cucumber, zucchini, yellow crookneck squash, eggplant, and watermelon, which A1 chose.
The men worked hard to get our little raised bed ready. We weren't investing a lot of area, either, since, again, this was just an experiment.
The raised bed was already there, in a gated area next to the house, which I liked, because it meant that kids wouldn't be trampling my plants.
My boys were so excited. I don't think they actually equated this with "we might have to eat veggies" since that's beyond their day-to-day train of thought. But I had Deborah Madison's bible Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone at the ready, planning delicious dishes to cook with my lovely garden veggies.
Then, it was ready.
There was good soil, good plants, and a good setting in full sun. It would be up to me to be consistent and water these babies daily.