Today was a busy one for me. I (with the help of Jeff and Jonathon) got the garden tilled! Yes, you heard me correctly. Our friend with the tiller loaned it to us so we could dig up our garden with a machine rather than with a shovel.
I was beginning to sweat over this because, if you want to have abundant peas, lettuce, and other cool weather crops, you have to get the seeds in the ground EARLY! The year I planted spinach in April was the year I harvested so much that I was giving it away to anyone and everyone because my freezer and pantry ran over.
It took a couple hours to till this garden (I have three plots) so that the soil was nearly powdery. I bent down and scooped up some of the wonderful cool earth. Ah, it smelled wonderful! You have to love gardening to say this :)
Later tonight, before the sun set, Jeff staked out a few rows and I dug and planted them with leaf lettuce, beets, spinach, and peas. The plant you see in the picture is my chive plant. It just gets bigger and bigger every year. We've already snipped some and used on pizza. Oh my, so good!
Toward the end of the month we'll plant the rest of the garden, but I'll sure sleep well tonight!