It began with these posts laid out for the edge of the garden in March 2009.
Then a layer of newspaper and mulch was added.
After months of the soil settling, I staked out areas for irises and other perennials.
Bulbs were planted in fall 2009.
Here is the filled in garden in June 2010.
I recommend beginning your new bed at least one season before you want to plant it, especially if you have heavy clay soil as it can take a bit longer for the amendments to decompose.