With the help of my wonderful grandparents, I now have carrots and parsnips planted. I also have more knowledge about HOW to go about planting a large garden. I know now how I've wronged the poor peas. Live and learn.
The soil is primarily clay, which is challenging to work with. Hopefully as the years go on, the soil will slowly improve, with the addition of additives such as peat moss and compost. The garden lay barren all last season, so it's not prime ground for planting right now.
I am looking forward to more planting next week.