As a first-time yard-owner I've been feeling overwhelmed about where to start with growing my own food, so I have my amazing green-thumb friend, Laurel, to thank for encouraging me to get started with this project. She emailed me last week and we made a date to go to Home Depot for all the supplies, and by Friday afternoon, the two of us (+ Hazel!) were driving out to pick up lumber and screws and gardening tools. The next morning we started the assembly, and then I worked on it little by little whenever I had a moment over the next couple of days. By yesterday afternoon the box was complete and I was feeling triumphant! Jackson and Walker really got a kick out of helping, and it was a great, educational (for all of us) activity. I can only imagine how satisfying and enriching it will be once we actually start growing things.
FYI, these are the instructions we followed for building the bed. It was really straightforward and easy-to-understand-info for this gardening novice ;)
I want to give a couple more shout-outs to my cheerleaders: Thanks to Liz, who set up a new compost bin for me in the back yard while I was 41 weeks preggers, and my mom who has been around for the last month, always overjoyed to hold Hazel while I do fun homeowner-y tasks such as this.