To see the original brainstorming and planning for our garden adventure, click here for part 1!
As a long-standing wanna-be gardener, I toyed with many ideas for my first round with the dirt. Because of an impending July due date and a total lack of experience, I'd decided on taking the container garden route. My husband, on the other hand, had bigger ideas.
After a bit more research and planning, we settled on building a raised garden bed. While on a larger scale than a container garden, it's still easier to control soil and water conditions than a straight-in-the-ground garden - so I skeptically agreed.
We spent a couple weeks trying to hunt down appropriately-sized cedar planks (only to find out that no one carries them in the size we needed) before finally giving up and settling on natural unfinished lumber. The price difference was worth the sacrifice!
Google came in handy here, and we used the dimensions in THIS tutorial for our garden box.
My husband purchased all of the supplies at a local hardware store and had their employees cut all of the wood and piping down to size. When he brought it all home, assembly was pretty simple! My little man even helped his Daddy put it together.
On Earth Day (of all days!) we had a truck load of dirt delivered. We ordered Organic Topsoil, and together with our own homemade compost, we filled the bed. This was our last step for a while - we planned to just let it sit and settle. Our last frost date up here in the north is May 30th.