I raked up whatever was dead throughout the yard after the winter; tilled and added new soil and manure to the garden; transplanted a few tulip plants to make room for some edible plants in a new area of my yard; put down plenty of grass seed; planted three varieties of tomatoes, two of chili peppers, two of basil, two of oregano, as well as cilantro and dill, which will accompany the perennials of chives (suddenly a shaggy mass grown in no time), a couple types of thyme, mint, rosemary, sage, and savory; and watered everything.
My wife is the gardener in the family (I'm the animal person). We have an allotment, which requires a lot
of work (pun not intended). But it's a labour of love on her part. I can imagine it must be very satisfying watching stuff you've planted grow. And as you no doubt know, cap'n, it's most
satisfying to eat homegrown food--not that there's much of it but that's not the point.