We didn't install the gutter/rain barrel, but we did dig out the garden! It's pretty cold out, but we made the best of it.
see, I can help, too!
the finished product (needs a bit more soil)
our "Earth Machine" (for compost -- from Freecycle.org!) and rain barrel are in the background. The seedlings still need time to grow, and next weekend we'll be out of town... so maybe we'll be able to plant a bit after we get back.