We finally got our act together and planted the garden this past weekend. It is my first attempt at a "real garden." I constructed two boxes--one 2'x4' and one 4'x4' and filled with Mel's Mix. Thanks to our good friends Sunny and Elizabeth we have custom-built cages that I can set over the top of the beds to keep out the critters.
The smaller bed has a crook-neck summer squash. In the larger bed are two each of tomato, eggplant and pepper (jalepeno/banana) plants. I direct sowed some okra, bush beans, radish, beets and Swiss chard. We'll see what comes up. Maybe just weeds, but since I have no idea what an okra sprout looks like that might be initially rewarding as well.