Newbie to raised bed garden-questions…

Newbie to raised bed garden-questions…

Hey all! Last year I grew some herbs, tomatoes and hot peppers in our horrifically packed clay soil. Though I got some tomatoes and a couple of peppers, the herbs didn't live long and all in all I counted it as a failed experiment. So just now I ordered two 3' x 3' raised bed kits. They're 11" deep, so I'm going to try to aerate the clay under them and then fill with lots and lots of lovely soil and compost and try again. I live in FL, zone 9A. The raised beds will be here in 2 weeks, I hope to have them together and prepped by the end of January (it's FREEZING here -like 29 degrees- right now, so no hurry, I guess). I want to plant tomatoes again-I'll get starter plants for them as it's easier. Also cukes, peas, pole beans, lettuce, basil, rosemary, thyme, parsley, brussels sprouts and broccoli. I'll put in the peas, lettuce, brussels and broccoli in mid-late February (our last frost date is March 8), the rest I'll wait til mid to end of March. Peas, lettuce, pole beans, basil, rosemary, thyme, parsley will all be direct sow from seed, the rest will be seedlings, I think. Does that sound right? Does anyone know if brussels can be grown in zone 9A? It gets really hot here (obviously), and there is NO shade in my backyard. Are there any other veggies that might grow well here? Any in my list that WON'T grow in my area due to the sun/heat? Thanks so much for all your help in advance! I'll be posting pictures during the whole process....
How I spent my weekend.

How I spent my weekend.

Snake Emergency!

Snake Emergency!

I found this little girl. . .

I found this little girl. . .

Mystery

Mystery

light stand

light stand

Berry bush/tree?

Berry bush/tree?