After we laid out the stone, Mike mixed up some mortar to hold it together. Jake helped. (We actually put two four by four squares together for a bigger garden.)
Apparently, you can't just use any old dirt for these types of gardens. There's a specific mix called Mel's mix named after the guy who came up with this idea. It's compost, peat moss, vermiculite and I don't know what all else mixed together. The result is a very soft, fluffy rich looking soil.
Then we planted! The sticks in some of the squares are to remind us that we still need to plant something there. Depending on the size of the plant, you could have anywhere from one to 16 plants per square. So far, we've got some tomato, peppers, onions, strawberries, cucumbers, watermelon, sunflowers, lavendar and different herbs. It's so exciting! I hope we can keep them all alive.