Today we're finally going to put the raised garden beds in. Living in San Antonio (or at least our area of it), it's nearly impossible to plant anything in the ground. About 3 inches below the grass is pretty solid rock so raised beds are essential to us getting a garden. I thought if I ever lived in such a warm climate that I'd love my own fruit trees in the back yard, but shortly upon moving here and researching it, I found it wasn't a good option for us because of the rock. I'm still keeping my fingers crossed for container citrus trees when we go out today. They'd be perfect for the new deck.
I think we're going to try tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, summer squash, and maybe cucumbers and snap peas. I know very little about gardening myself so this is a big undertaking for me. The plan is to head to the nursery and get the seedlings and a large shovel (I bought smaller gardening tools last night at Costco). Then Dadda monkey will head out to Fertile Gardens to pick up some soil. I was really excited to learn that you can bag the soil there since we don't have a pickup truck. When he gets home, we'll get the raised beds set up, fill with soil, and get our seedlings in. I know it's likely going to be more work than it sounds, but we're all excited about getting it started. The deck staining, however, is going to have to wait another week.