First off, mulch. We need lots of it here as we have hot summers.
Hey - Look what survived! Pepper Plants:
Back part of the garden, now planted with Rye and Spring Wheat:
Strangely enough, this work - along with mowing and weed-whacking the rest of the yard - has me looking forward to improvements this year. Beyond the main garden (the one with the garlic and pepper plant) and the summer bean garden (just to the left of the bushes above) I am planning on a heavy planting of lavender, hopefully in preparation for bees.