At long last, we set up our four raised veggie beds over the weekend, dirt and plantlings and seeds included. Mr. Octopus was definitely the MVP because he shoveled the big heap of potting soil on our driveway into the wheelbarrow and dumped them into the beds. It was all waaaaaay more work than we bargained for, and the record heat wave over the weekend only made it worse. We both have authentic farmers' tans to prove it.
Still, what a ginormous relief it is to have it all set up. I will post pictures soon, but take my word for it-- the veggie beds rock! What really makes them work are the bamboo teepees for the beans, peas and melons. They provide a vertical interest that really makes the beds pop.
Aside from transplanting all the tomatoes, brocolli, marigolds, and other suches into the beds, I directly sowed new seeds for beets, pak choi, asparagus, basil, rapini, zucchini and nasturtiums. After only three days, the pak choi and rapini have already sprouted. Yay, science!