When I got an email from the Slow Food Huron Valley group saying that they were giving away heirloom seeds at the farmers market in return for feedback on how they grew, I jumped at the opportunity to participate (check out some pictures from other people in the trial on Flickr and their blog). I started the seeds inside a few months ago in egg cartons, but when they reached a certain height I knew we’d need to transfer them outside soon. So a few weekends ago we built our very own raised garden bed. We went down to Fingerle Lumber and got some material. We used cedar wood (to prevent any leakage of chemicals) and within an hour or two we were all set to start planting (we used a mixture of top soil and soil with cow manure from Meijers). And I’m happy to say we have the following varieties growing in our garden: Detroit Dark Red Beets, Chicago Pickling Cucumbers, Honey Rock Melon, Emerald Gem Melon, Beam’s Yellow Pear Tomatoes, Tasty Evergreen Tomato, Grand Rapids Lettuce and Jalapenos.