The garden is coming along nicely--plants are starting to grow. We survived all the storms ! We've lost only 10-20 plants.
Plants in the heavy shade are growing very slowly. So we trimmed some branches above. In case poor soil--where the basin was excavated--is causing the slow growth, I am adding compost around all plants. But this is taking a lot of time.
Not much watering has been required, but weeding is continuing.
We built a spillway for garden #1 (built last year) and #2. During a storm, it's amazing to see how garden #1 sucks up the water--very thirsty! But if heavy rain continues for more than 15 min, garden #1 overflows, and then #2 gets a deluge.