Jeremy tilled the garden twice already. All I had to do to prep was to rake. The soil was lovely - dark, loose, full of worms, smelling wonderful. Robins were keenly interested in the worms as well. I got started at 1pm. Working from the southwest corner to the northeast, everything went it except the Brussels sprouts, which are still inside starting. Below is the 2010 plan. I always keep a drawing of the garden so I can be sure to rotate crops each year.
While putting the corn (6 rows, each 20 feet long), a few crows decided to come taunt me. Last year, the first round of corn was eaten by crows; they ate every last seed. I got a second set of seeds in and to deter those nasty crows I bought a faux owl. Apparently the owl worked because the second set of corn grew. Unfortunately we had a cool early summer and the corn didn't mature quickly enough - we got no ripe corn last year. So today when the crows showed up right in time to eat my corn (how the 'bleep' do they know I'm planting corn today?!), I went back in the barn and got out the owl, who is now keeping guard in the middle of the garden.
All told it took me 3 1/2 hours to get all the veggies in. My hips and back are aching - tomorrow my hamstrings will be very sore I'm sure. Now all there is to do is wait ... and weed.