I soaked my bush bean seeds to get them ready to sprout as soon as I plant them. I don't know where I got this from - probably my father. I try to do this with peas and beans all the time. I didn't get the peas in the ground and now it's too late and will get too warm before they have peas ready for picking. I'll do it next year.
I planted my tomatoes in pots this year. Actually, I'm going to plant my garden in containers. I was going to do a square foot garden, but I really didn't know where to put it in my yard right now. I found a great deal on pots at Big Lots for $8 and decided to plant in containers and see how it goes this year.
After I planted my tomato seeds, I put a milk carton on top to help it get used to the weather and strengthened enough to handle the wind. I'll take the milk carton off them when they are too big for the carton. I have this cement pad where a dog run used to be. I have plans to eventually put a shed there, but for now it will be my container garden with a couple of lawn chairs. It is a great area for the garden, because the sun shines brightly there.
I planted my beans in the longer pots and also carrots and lettuce. I'm going to plant the squash, watermelon and pumpkins in my berm and flower garden areas. I'm excited to see how a container garden turns out. I'll post pictures often through the growing season and my opinion on how it works. I hope your gardens are on their way too!