Planning a Vegetable Garden

I've been a city girl all my life and growing a garden is not something I know how to do. We had a few planter boxes on our secret porch in Boston, but a real garden I've never had. 

Since moving here last fall I've been dreaming of a big, abundant vegetable garden. I imagine growing tomatoes, herbs, lettuce, kale. and a whole bunch of other stuff.  I can picture Helen walking down to pick fresh vegetable so we can cook for dinner that same evening.

Well, spring has arrived in the south and it's finally time to stop dreaming and start implementing! We decided to do raised beds both for how beautiful they look and also how efficiently they seem to work. I used this site as a guide and found it very helpful. The soil here is mostly clay so a raised bed seems to be the way to go.

We picked up cedar planks from our local lumber yard and got to work laying out where the beds will be. I started with a drawing to scale in order to better visualize the layout. Then we marked them off with string on the ground. We will start with two beds and eventually expand to six!

Things are still in progress, but I thought I'd share the plan, and a few photos from the day. 

We haven't gotten very far because taking is slowly seems to be the only way we know how to do things around here. So, if any of you have advice please pass it along. We need all the help we can get!