I am a very novice gardener. The past two years I have had two 3x3 square foot gardens. I loved every part of it. It feels great to have your hands sifting through good dirt on a warm day. I love the smiles on my young girls faces when they find a BIG worm. I love their love for dirt. I love watching the miracle of the first little seedlings ripping through the surface and opening up to bask in the sun. I love the feeling inside when we pick the first of the harvest and my girls thank God for the sun and the rain. I love that their young spirits recognize God as the author of life and good gifts and the garden is a very tangible way of them seeing that. This year we are expanding our garden into a small regular garden about 8 x 15. We plan on growing summer squash, tomatoes, green peppers, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, carrots, shallots, romaine lettuce, spinach, and red potatoes. If all goes well with the weather we hope to plant sometime this weekend. Any other novice gardeners out there?