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We only have a few hours on the weekend when we can do big construction projects - just the time while Willa is taking a nap! Once we move to the easier planting, digging, etc, she can 'help' but no so with the power tools!

So we finally dove in today and got all the boards cut for the boxes along the walk in the front yard. Ah, let me show you the plan. This is pretty loose and we've already changed things, but here it is:

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On the left is the driveway and the house. The four rectangles in a semi circle are 3'x8' raised garden beds that we worked on. The little alcove area they lead to is our front entry (which will hopefully one day be an actual porch). The other rectangles are the main garden.

Here's hubby learning how to saw boards! he never grew up around construction stuff so I'm teaching him. He's a quick study!

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And finally everything was cut and we had one box put together by the time the little beast woke up. The plan is to stack two of these on top of each other (each one is 8" tall) just for the 4 in the semi circle. The rest will just be one box high.

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Hopefully we can finish assembly tomorrow during nap time! Oh, and Blue dutifully watched the whole process. She never batted an eye at the saw, the drill or anything. I still can't figure it [sign in to see URL]'s either the stupidest or the smartest cat I've ever had!

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Wow, you are taking planning to a new level! I love that drawing.

Great boxes! I would like those in my dream garden, because once I get mine, it'll be hard for me to bend over all the time!

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I've always loved to plan things out on paper like that! Blame it on the combination of artistic and engineering genes I have!

We didn't get as much done on Sunday as we would have liked. We had borrowed a tool from a neighbor (a carpenter's square) but returned it on Saturday not thinking that we would need it again on Sunday. He wasn't home and we spent about 30 minutes of nap time looking for ours (I KNOW it's in the garage!). Then I just had to send hubby up to the lab to borrow the one there. By the time we got all set up, we only had about an hour to work. But we built three more [sign in to see URL] three to go!

Here they are in place. The smaller boxes in the background are the 'dummies' we built from scrap wood to help us visualize. They are in the place of the two rows of the main garden.

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And here's the reason we had to stop:

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She was fascinated by the project but the impact driver for screwing the boards together is really loud and she complained bitterly about it. So she thought she could help!

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Awwww. I love Willa pics!

Those boxes look great. And you only have three more to go, so that's half-way done. Best of luck for your new garden!

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WOW! Awesome drawing on the plans. I wish I were that organized. The plan looks awesome. Congrats on getting all but 3 boxes [sign in to see URL]'re doin [sign in to see URL] of you!

and I second [sign in to see URL] love Willa pics. She's such a cute lil pixie!!!

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Love raised boxes, sure saves the back!
Willa is adorable and your cat is just [sign in to see URL] knows you all ain't gonna hurt her.. emoticon

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We haven't had much time to work on the boxes. The Monarch was out of town last weekend and it's a two person job. This weekend, I wasn't feeling well on Saturday and today Willa has refused to take a nap! Since we wanted to get something going, we worked on the plants (Willa loves to help with 'dirt' projects).

We transplanted all the lettuce into pots on the back deck and all the brassicas (cauliflower, broccoli, etc) into bigger 4" pots. Those will go into the garden boxes, but we'll leave the lettuce on the deck. The reason we did the transplanting was so we had more space to start seeds! (I had planned on having the boxes done and ready to plant this weekend...)

So here's the deck with the lettuce and brassica seedlings along with the new seed trays!

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Your seedlings are looking good! I see a lot of sprouts.
Willa sounds like a typical farm [sign in to see URL] getting her hands dirty! I did too, at her [sign in to see URL] do! Just something about having earth on my [sign in to see URL] me feel good!

DH was commenting on if it ever dries up enough here, he wants to get the garden ripped up (tilled) and ready to put fertilizer down so when the time comes, we can get onions and peas planted. We'll most likely get the peas planted sometime in late [sign in to see URL] hope they do well this year!

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Oh playing/planting in the dirt is very therapeutic for all involved!
It gets out your unused negative energy and fills up your positive energy as the Earth fills you will it's goodness! emoticon

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Queeny, it is also a way to let go of additional good energy, when you've got a bit too much. Gardening is an excellent way to be grounded, for sure! emoticon

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