My efforts to reinvigorate my soil through direct composting seems to be working, although I'm pretty lean in most of the planter boxes. To supplement my soil, I'm going to be adding Miracle-Gro Organic – an oxymoron if ever there was one – as well as Black Kow composted manure. I'm a little worried that I'll be nitrogen heavy, so I guess we'll have to watch the mix and test the soil a few times this spring.
I'm now giving some thought to adding a butterfly garden to the perimeter of my garden beds. Of course, the way the wind is out here sometimes, they might not stick around long!
I really want to thank Josh for helping me get started last year and for turning me on to a new hobby that I really enjoy. He's beaten me to the punch on some plantings, but it looks like we're both going to have nice gardens this year (although his garden is about 40 times bigger!)