Work update: I finished the second bed off and completed a third bed today. I think they look pretty good and are ready to receive a baptism by soil. One possible hitch is that I didn't follow the old adage "measure twice and cut once" and so the space for a walkway between the beds is narrower (4 ft) on one and larger (6 ft) on the other. I went off the pavers that were laid out already and assumed that they were properly spaced, so didn't realize my mistake until the work was done.
Next things: I think we should get the soil in as soon as possible (any updates from Bob?). Perhaps we should aim for this weekend as a time to put some starter plants (e.g., lettuce) in; that is, if the soil is in the beds by that time. We also need to discuss who is responsible for what bed. I vote Jeanette has the #1 bed (or pick) since she got the ball rolling (sort of the Honor Garden).
One more thing while I'm thinking of it: I was told by a permaculture (gardening) expert that an 8x8 bed is far too big without some sort of path that divides it so that a person can reach the plants. He recommended (after the soil is in) putting a row of pavers down the middle of each raised bed so that one can have access to the center part of the bed without falling face first into the soil. I agree. This could also let us divide our beds up for those who want a smaller starter garden to experiment with. How's that sound?
So... this coming Friday morning anyone (say 9-12am)???
dig, dig, dig,