Well, first of all, a few changes since the last update ... alas, isn't that the case with all projects?
We'd planned on building in the front yard, but have had to move to the back yard. And not for reasons you might guess ... there wasn't any objection to a front yard garden per se, as Angela was asking about in her comment on my previous post. There's quite a bit of front yard gardening happening around here, veggie and otherwise. (More on that interesting topic in a different post.) No, the reason was that some repairs to the house's water line will need to be made this summer and our garden would have been disrupted as a result.
Today's milestone - we traipsed out to the lumber yard and got our materials for next weekend's building party. We got twenty 2" x 8" x 8' and twenty 2" x 8" x 4' of green doug fir for the side panels, and six 4" x 4" x 12' posts that will be cut down to size for our stabilizing corners and "posts." We're using fir because it will be much, much more affordable to build with and although it won't last as long as other materials might, such as cedar, it will last long enough for our purposes. Certainly several years, probably more. It all fit perfectly well in the back of my Toyota Tacoma. The hardest part was lugging it all into the back yard, where it waits now for our next step. Stay tuned.
Photo: That's Laurie with today's haul. Sorry for the crummy photo ... I left my real camera at home and had to use the camera on my phone!