Posted: 17/03/2015 at 12:56
I'm excited for you! i hope you get years of pleasure from it. I got mine a couple of years ago and like you did a bit of research into the layout. I went with paving slabs down two thirds and then open soil down the final third. I plant tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, onions, garlic etc in the soil. I have two shelves down the opposite side for seedlings and cuttings. I also have a wooden pottering bench that I have out during the spring and then slip it under the shelves during summer. I've found I can never have enough surfaces. Having the slabs also enables me to grow in pots or grow bags too so the best of both worlds.
The only warning ive had from a helpful person on the forum is that I need to change the soil in the open bit every two or three years. Bit of a chore, and I've not done it yet. Just made do with adding fresh compost and manure in spring.
Here are some pics. Would love to see yours when it arrives. Congrats!