Finally got two long days in the garden and a chance to use the broadfork (U-bar) that Brian at Inspiration Farm built for me. Works great. I lift up the soil including the path with the U-Bar, hoe the path clods a bit, shovel a couple inches of the path onto the bed, spread fertilizer on the bed, hoe the bed to work the fertilizer in and break up the clods, pick up the big rocks and rake it into the shape I want. Then it's ready to plant. As usual I have several experiments taking shape. This is the first one:
Trying to grow winter squash inside these hollow alder stumps. Interplanting with some short season salad stuff. Specifically, Australian yellow leaf lettuce (my favorite).
Potatoes are poking through the soil. Looks like 100% on the Butterballs. The crescent potatoes are lagging behind but I'm confident they'll show up.
The tomatoes were getting a bit leggy indoors so put them out to seek their fortune. Again, as last year, using the black garbage cans as heat sinks. Will interplant with tomatillos in walls o water. Am starting tomatillos inside and they are about a half an inch tall.