We got the boxes filled with Mel's Mix (1/3 coarse vermiculite, 1/3 compost and 1/3 peat moss).
Our other granddaughters were with us that day and they had a blast helping. These pictures are not "staged", they really did help a lot. Hopefully, I have some future gardeners here.
Jadiel fixed a planter to take home: She transplanted lettuce and sowed sugar snap peas.
You have to admit, this is one cute kid. Look at her feet - Her mom forgot to send play shoes, so we wrapped her feet in plastic bags & put DH's black work socks over them. It worked.
Another use for my Mantis - Mel's Mixer (Just look at all those M words!)
Here is the potato bed. We had left over vinyl siding & DH braced it up
and put in a few inches of mix & planted seed potatoes.
Finally, DH constructed framing from electrical conduit from Lowe's for a make-shift greenhouse so I could harden off my peppers & tomatoes. I planted lettuce, bok choy, cabbages & spinach in 12 squares on the left and I placed my trays of seedlings at the other end - tomatoes, peppers, yellow squash, zucchini and cucumbers. The wind started blowing something fierce that day so I had to "batten down the hatches". It held up quite well and my plants didn't suffer any damage.