This post is a little late; I took these pictures a week or two ago and now we have pea shoots emerging from the dark, spring soil! I love planting things early enough that you can take advantage of the spring rains and not have to water as much.
Sam, enamored with all things creepy and crawly, requests, "Finda worm!" as soon as we step out the door. We dig one up for him and give him instructions on how to be gentle, but I'm afraid it's rather traumatic for the poor wormy. He's learning though.
I feel so farmer-chic when I put on my boots and stalk around the yard, digging stuff up, feeding the chickens, mucking around. They're so perfect for anything rain or garden-related and I love that they practically come up to my knees. When I swap out my winter boots (another favorite that I've had since high school!) for these cheerful ones, it feels like spring has officially set up shop. Those are the very last of our wintered over carrots. Sam went through a grated carrot phase and ate them with salad dressing nearly every meal for a week!
We set out bush peas, spinach, lettuce, swiss chard and a couple grape plants that seem to be suffering a bit... I try to cover them at night, but I'm not sure they're going to make it. Keep your fingers crossed for the little guys! We filled up two of our three beds, planning on replacing the plants with those that like warmer weather; tomatoes, peppers, melons, cukes etc., once the peas and greens have been harvested.