We mixed the top soil and composted manure in the wheel barrow first. The process was a bit slowed down due to Tessie's methods, but she was having such a good time that I couldn't rush her.
Tes helped me dump the wheelbarrow full of dirt into the bed, and we mixed it once more. I used my hoe, and she used her hands. We were a great team.
I took a break to check on the snoozing boy, and sure enough, he was awake. Christian joined us in the garden, and watched from his stroller as we planted the first bed. We planted cabbage, cauliflower, and swiss chard. We left room at one end of the bed for our broccoli starts, which we will wait another week to transplant. Tessie provided Christian with a lap-full of rocks to play with until he grew tired of the game and wanted to play in the dirt. The kids played in the shady corner of the garden while I planted the second bed with sweet peas and green beans. Watching the kids getting absolutely covered in dirt from head to toe was by far the greatest part of my day.
When I had all the seeds covered, the kids took turns helping me water. Tessie was a little over zealous while watering our lettuce bed, but I'm hoping they don't mind.