Walt decided it was time to change the configuration of our vegetable garden, and I'm doing the tilling. My impression is that consolidating the four square garden plots into one large square plot means we are going to have a much bigger garden this summer. I have one more patch of deeply rooted grass to till up today and then the first pass will be done. I'm tilling around a couple of rhubarb plants that came up unexpectedly.
The newly configured garden will cover 100 square meters (1100 sq. ft.) or more of ground.
If this weather continues through the summer — realistically, I doubt it will — we could have quite a harvest. One thing we are going to do is try to spread out our plants so that they are not so close together, giving them more breathing room than we have before. If the weather goes damp, better air flow might dry the leaves on our tomato and other plants faster and prevent mildew. We'll see.
The two unexpected rhubarb plants will get moved next year— no need to dig them up right now.
The other dirt we have to deal with requires use not of a tiller but of a shovel and wheelbarrow. Since our long drought ended a few years back, our yard has been overrun — well, underrun, really — by moles. Before he can mow the grass, Walt has to go knock down dozens or scores of molehills and scoop what we call the mole dirt into a wheelbarrow. We use it to fill holes and ruts, or to pot plants in.
The temperature today is supposed to be in the mid-20s C (mid-70s F) in the shade. It's much hotter in the sun. These days would be what we might expect in June, or even in July and August. In past years, when April has turned this warm, May and June have given us cold snaps and a lot of moisture. We'll see if that pattern repeats itself in 2015.