Tim gets the "project" bug in the spring. Although we have two quite large vegetable beds in our yard (one of which you can see here), he was yearning for a third. He and N. had the idea of teaching themselves some basic masonry techniques and building a new raised garden with brick walls. Since N. loves old buildings and learned the different masonry styles a year and a half ago, this seemed like a fun practical extension of his interests.
It was a challenging project because they learned as they built, and it was hard to keep every brick in alignment. But they had a lot of fun working together at every stage: planning and calculating quantities of bricks, mortar, and dirt; developing a rhythm as they laid bricks together; dumping barrows-full of dirt over the walls; and buying and planting seeds. The end result is solid and some of the new seeds they planted last week have already begun to sprout!