I learned in last year's garden to wait until mid April to plant because of the potential for late freezes; and so, we did wait. When it came to soil preparation, since we added the vermiculite, peat moss and compost in raised beds last year, all we needed to do this year was add compost, which we did. We hope to be able to develop our own compost someday; but until then, we bought some cotton burr compost and mixed it into the top soil layer in the beds.
And here's where things are at currently. There are peppers, tomatoes, carrots, squash, zucchini and green beans -- basically the same as last year, mostly because it all grew really well. We decided against okra because you have to pick them when they're three or four inches long or they get very fibrous; and with all of the other vegetables, we just weren't able to keep up with them properly:
In this picture, the two small tomato plants are plants I found growing in another raised bed that apparently grew on their own from seed or maybe even tomatoes that had fallen off the plants from last year:
And these bell peppers we started from seed in the raised bed:
And finally, these are still last years's onions!
We thank the Lord for bringing us through the Winter into the time of Spring, the time of life, and the opportunity to plant this year; and we pray for His provisions of rain, water and sustenance from the plants, according to His will.