I've been watching how the sun settles on the backyard garden plot and realized that we needed a sunnier spot for the vegetables...the current bed will now be mostly for herbs and wildflowers. Next to the workshop is a wild rosebush and a stand of bearded irises that have probably been there as long as I've been alive. They are becoming the centerpieces for the new vegetable garden. I dug up a shovel full of dirt to see how fertile it was and four worms fell out!
I'm about to head back out to make the last push...I've been tilling it (mostly by crumbling the shovel full with my hands) with much care for the THOUSANDS of earthworms that are living there. I've been told that this plot has been a vegetable garden in the past.
My one new piece of wisdom about all of this is: when putting on sunscreen, cover EVERYTHING... not just what can be easily reached.