It is also random. I read a book that mentioned that while research is great, and planning helps you not have to undo, if you find yourself using it to delay, just stick something in dirt and dive in. Yeah, you may spend time later correcting mistakes, but at least you'll have your hands in the dirt now.
I took it at its word. Several cedar fence boards, a pile of soil, and some plants later: The garden boxes are planted with peppers and tomatoes (my neighbor recommends I add a sweet 100 to my tomato collection..and that in future I try to time my labor availability for after March 15) and the new beds on the side (where the chicken pen used to be) is planted with marigolds, geraniums, a couple heirloom tomatoes, basil and fennel and a handful of other herbs.
I'm waiting until after Saturday to put the tulips in dirt (they are on the dining table now) but I did pot up the rosemary. Hopefully the pot I put it in won't be too shaded. We'll see.
So, there it is, imperfect and unplanned, but done.
My skin smells like soil, despite a shower yesterday and multiple handwashings today. I love that. :D
The garden boxes in front: full of bell peppers and tomatoes:
The side yard boxes: each is 4X8 ft
My tiny rosemary in a big pot:
Bonus shot: the 10X10 pagoda that errantember helped finish last weekend: