Potatoes are in, the poppies are up and growing fiercely; worked all day yesterday and today to start the process for next year's potato crop. This time I'm experimenting with turning the spot into a one year intensive compost bin, and then next spring spreading it about with a nice layer of older compost and hay on top. They seem to do extremely well growing in almost straight compost, which is just very rich dirt, without the packing factor. It usually has the consistency of coarse sand, which makes it unsuitable as hilling up material for crops that need it, but the yield so far has been very impressive.
Having neglected the garden for two years, for various reasons, it will take most of this summer to get it back in shape. And me.