What we've accomplished so far
We still don't have plants in the ground. Given the frost I found on the ground yesterday, that might be a good thing.
What we have done is:
Installed a bat box - that only took two years!
Built a new chicken paddock behind the old one (with Josh's help), installed a gate, and mostly secured its edges with poultry wire. (Ran out of garden staples.)
Moved the chicks out of the rabbit cages to the new paddock. Gave them the heating plate, which they seem to love.
Moved the ducks out of their paddock and into a 20'x20' electroplastic netting fence in the back. We'll be moving the fence around regularly. (Darth has been reunited with the flock, and all seems well. Feather cannibalism is over.)
Bought annuals for the whiskey barrel out by the road, to be planted today.
Planted a lot of basket willows that Josh had coppiced.
Brought ancient rusted garden fence and tomato cages to metal recycling.
Angelika moved the second compost pile to the third spot, freeing the second spot for the pile in the first spot.
Josh also took down some trees in preparation for the duck pond work, so it looks pretty messy back there right now. There's an old collapsed shed I need to empty (barbed wire and other unpleasantness) as well.