Myself and the wife have long spoken about growing our own vegetables. The conversation has developed over a few years, and so, finally, this spring, I went to the local builders yard, bought a load of timber, cut it into suitable lengths, screwed them together, and voila, the frame for a raised vegetable bed was born. It was a long birth, possibly the longest in history. The process was spread over two and a half weeks. But its here now, and the other afternoon I/we filled it with homemade compost.