A few exciting things have happened in the last 2 or 3 weeks! First, I filled the raised beds with compost and mulch!
You would think that getting the dirt in bulk would be cheaper (and it was), but the margin between bagged and bulk was close enough with delivery fee that the convenience of having the stuff same-day overrode the cost savings.
I spent a few hours dragging bags of dirt and mulch the 50-100 feet from their staging area to the raised beds, and got them all filled up very quickly! I made sure to have a garden hose moistening the dirt as it went in so that some of the moisture was sealed in when I put the mulch on top. The next weekend, I planted crops in the beds, and I've been watering ever since!
Now, we're starting to see some of the results of the care we're giving those plants.
The trees are budding and growing leaves! All but the "southern" trees have some leaves on them at this point, with the peach and nectarine holding out for warmer weather.
The raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries are all growing some leaves as well.They handled the cold weather at the beginning of March really well, and they're now growing like weeds!
The strawberries are struggling with transplant shock, but the ones I didn't transplant are surviving and doing alright.
The potato cages and the raised beds are showing signs of life as well! I need to get trellises up to allow the plants to grow up instead of out.
Hopefully as we get some rain and some warm (but not hot) temps, the plants will establish themselves enough to make it through the hot summer, or at least bear fruit before the scalding summer hits.