This past weekend, the weather obliged just enough to break ground on the circular native-plant bed and play-space that I am planning. Or "Gabe's Garden" for short.
This was as far as I was able to dig before running out of thawed earth. Oh well!
Out back, I found a treasure trove of rocks underneath the trimmed poison sumac. It looks like someone had foolishly tried to garden there, once. I dug up all the rocks that I could lift, and I recruited Chris to help me lift the larger ones. These rocks will line the inner edge of the circular bed.