Here's E and J working the dirt:
Up in the woods on my friend's property, there is an old cement pool that was used about 100 years ago. Today, it is just collecting leaves and trash from over the years, but as we discovered, years and years of rotting leaves = the richest black dirt I have ever seen! While the girls were hoeing and raking, I shoveled up buckets of dirt from the pool and carried them back to the garden to mix in with the dirt.
You can see the difference in the soil here - the outsides have been raked and had the dirt/compost added, while the middle is still dry and pale-looking.
We also planted the first of the cold-loving plants! Onions and cabbage have taken up residence in our little garden, and I am so proud! I know deer don't eat onions, but as long as they don't trample them I will be happy! (Also, onions and cabbage weren't originally planned... my list keeps growing!) Happy gardening!