The sun appeared on Saturday and my parents hauled in some new soil for their raised beds. And I was on hand to handle the dirt. It was too much to resist - all that fresh, new soil!
Ever the optimists, my mother and I planted peas and a few lettuces in her beds and said a few petitions to the gods of good growing.
For those who are interested, I live in Southern British Columbia, Canada. We are a zone 6. Usually, we wait until May long weekend (May 23rd - Victoria Day) before we do any serious planting of perennials or vegetables such as tomatoes & peppers. But if you have raised beds you can usually plant weeks earlier, depending on the crop, because the earth in raised beds warms up earlier in the season.
Raised beds generally have better drainage as well as aeration for the plants, because the dirt in the beds does not get compacted by people walking on it. The only downside, is that they can take up alot of space, and if you use wood to frame your beds, it will eventually have to be replaced as it decomposes.
All this garden excitement is somewhat tempered by the torrential Spring rains we are getting. I'm not complaining though, because the rain is greening up the grass and giving the parched Winter earth a good drink.
Soon the buds will open, and the seeds will sprout. I don't mind waiting a little longer.