Pretty much ditto here, but I've never heard of this square foot gardening thing. I just used SPF 2x8's deck screwed together, set them where I wanted them, put some pea gravel in the bottom and called a local nursery for a 1/2 trailer load of their planting mix. Lots of compost, clean topsoil and goat manure. I've learned that goat manure and chicken manure are really easy to come by, even more so than steer here where I live. This year, I got a partial load of manure from the local dairy farm and since they'd settled, I just topped them off.I do square foot gardening as it works great for me since my soil is all rocks and it breaks tillers and augers. so I build raised beds this works great in western washington for several reasons, it rains allot so you don't have to water them as much,the soil gets warmer earlier so you can plant sooner in the spring and they are easy to cover for winter growing for things like lettuce,spinach and other types.