planting garlic as winter slowly wandered in last year. Turns out, if I'd put it in at the normal time the garlic probably would have been just fine. I am a big fan of hearty varieties for just that reason. Learning curve for the future, make sure that you get those over winter plants in the ground!
I'm trying to decide if I want to till the garden beds this year. There's a lot of rocks around in the garden beds, but every time you turn the soil you lose nutrients. If I can just dig holes in the beds and put seeds, and let them go that would be ideal. For most of the garden that should be fine. For some of the front beds I'm probably going to have to turn the soil. Especially in the earliest beds we made which are not very well dug, or planned. That said, the front beds like the one Right are in good shape, and with how well they grew last year my main concern is to weed better this year than I did last year. I think that with decent weeding we're going to have a much better year this year. We'll see of course.
As always we have a lot of good rabbit manure that we can add to our garden, the trick of course is where to add it. Part of me thinks that I should use it to improve the East facing beds that are in bad shape, and probably need turning and re shaping. Part of me thinks that those beds should just have beans put in them and given a year to get better without interference. Much of my decision is going to come down to just how much manure we actually have. Given our paltry breeding last year I suspect we aren't going to have That much manure to work with compared to the beds we have available. The other thing to think about is, if we actually do dig or build new beds this year manure going there in freshly dug soil is going to be important.