I had some left over pine 1x8 8ft long boards, so I decided to use them for our garden beds. The wood isn't pressure treated, and the boards aren't really very sturdy, so I don't really expect them to last more than a couple of seasons. As you can see in the above picture, I used 3 boards to make each bed. One 1x8 was cut in half to make the ends, and the other 8ft boards comprise the sides. I cut some 6 inch long pieces of 2x4 for backing in the corners where the boards are screwed together. I did'nt want to use pressure treated lumber, because I'm afraid the chemical treatment of the boards, could leach into the soil and eventully contaminate our plants. This may not be a real danger, but I'd rather be safe than poisoned. I had recently brought in a load of top soil to fill some holes in the yard, so I used a bit to fill the bottom 2 inches of the beds. The quality of the top soils was pretty bad (mostly sand and small mulch shavings) so I filled the beds the rest of the way with some good compost from the pile in the background of the picture above.
In preperation for our spring garden, Mary and I went through all of our seed packets we had been saving. We had some in the fridge and some in with our garden supplies. We were only planting two 4ft x 8ft garden beds to start with, so we selected a few of our favorite vegetables. We started yellow sqash, sugar baby mellons, and cucumbers, in peat pellets (see above picture). All the seeds started out like normal and looked pretty good. I also bought a couple of tomato plants from a local nursery, which I planned to plant in a compost filled truck tire. In the next few articles I'll detail our planning, planting and harvesting of our spring garden, and some of the things we learned along the way.