As I planned my garden for this year I couldn't help but think about my garden spot and the eternal weediness I have to deal with. I decided that raised beds (will hopefully) help to keep the crab grass from inching into my goodies.
I used this tutorial for the Ultimate Raised Bed (found on Pinterest). The one change I would like to call out is that the pre-drilled hole suggestion was a bit small and I stripped quite a few screws figuring that out. If you plan to use this guide, plan on pre-drilling both pieces of lumber with a larger bit. I also found that if purchasing lumber from The Home Depot, that they will make all the simple straight cuts for you. That was a nice surprise and a welcomed simplification!
Here are the two raised beds I built before I lining them with newspaper and filling them with topsoil from the field. The goal of the newspaper layer is to keep the weeds from below at bay. I will update with veggie garden pics sometime soon!