Today Tony finished tilling the big patch in the back that will hold the tomatoes, peppers, and possibly corn. I will be planting that in the next few days once I can get some Epsom salt to add to the tomato holes.
Today I also got the new in-ground garden patch beside the garage all planted. It's about 17-18 feet long by 4-feet wide, and I added nine 3-block stepping isles between rows to help give full access to the area. I planted a majority of my non-tomato/pepper winter sown remnants there. There are Black Knight eggplants, a White Sword eggplant, Long Island Improved Brussels sprouts, Violet cauliflower, Winter Dream cauliflower, celery, and Romanesco broccoli. I also direct sowed Purple Top turnips, mixed carrots, Golden beets, Bull's Blood beets, Chioggia beets, and along the old bed springs that I'm using as a trellis, I also planted Mammoth Melting Snow peas, mixed beans (Dow Purple Pod, Gold Marie, and Kentucky Wonder), and a store-bought Suyo cucumber plant. All between the two potato towers (tires on one end, wooded tower on the other).
On Friday we swung by Menards, and I found the clearance rack in the Garden Center. I do love a good deal. I found four of the mystery melons I bought earlier, now on clearance for 50-cents each. They all came home with us. #2 snagged a big potted lavender plant for $2 (usually $5 or $10), and the only thing wrong with it was that they hadn't watered it and the leaves were starting to die. We took it home and gave it a good deep watering and it's already springing back to health.
I'm hoping to get the tomatoes and peppers planted tomorrow or Tuesday, and I will get a photo of the in-ground garden then.
I was pleasantly surprised yesterday to see that most of the squares in the large raised bed up front are showing some sprouts! It should fill in quickly. It always feels like it takes forever, but it really does grow pretty fast.