The first raised bed has been assembled and situated just so. We stapled chicken wire on the bottom to deter the burrowing mammal pests. We spread a layer of Girl Scout cookie boxes on the ground to keep the weeds down, and placed the bed on top. Krista, our wheelbarrow & I filled it in with our fresh garden mix: half top soil, half mushroom compost. It looks small in this photo, but it’s our biggest bed: 8′ long and 4′ wide. We have five or six more beds to install, and we’ve been spending some quality time with the companion planting classic, Carrots Love Tomatoes imagining and re-designing our intensive polyculture beds. Between our successful seed starting efforts and a seedling swap at Olympia’s GRuB, our house is looking quite lush. Last frost date can’t get here soon enough!