Thanks to a little bit help from my friends, I now have a raised garden bed with soil. I have been following (mostly) the recommendations of the Square Foot Gardening method. The soil is a combination of a compost blend, peat moss, and Perlite. Whew it was quite an effort, but I have put this chapter to bed.
Although it is hard to see in this photo, I built a vertical frame on the north end and laced it with nylon netting. It is my hope to plant some climbers.