Preparing my garden

Preparing my garden

I know I read something in the summer about preparing a garden for the spring while it's still winter, but I'll be darned if I can find it now! I live in a subdivision, so space is limited. Last year my husband and I had planned to do a vegetable garden, but we just never finished it. We did construct a bed to do the vegetable in, sort of like a raised bed. We nailed some landscaping timbers together, two deep x one wide x two long (6 inches deep x 8 ft wide x 16 ft long). Our biggest problem was getting the grass out of there. We didn't want to chance using Roundup, since it would probably kill anything we planted there for a few years, so we just left it. Here's what I remember reading: the idea is to take carboard boxes and cover the grass, then cover the cardboard with soil. Is this right? I guess mix in organic compost with the dirt, too? If I remember correctly, it makes for a very rich, nutrient soil. Does anyone have a clue as to what I am talking about or am I just crazy? Any other pointers and suggestions are very welcome. I'd really like to get this garden going this year! I am a big backyard bird enthusist, so I'm sure many of our crops will be destroyed by the birds, but hubby and I have both agreed that it will be okay with us if that happens. Besides, seeds for fruits and vegetables are MUCH cheaper than birdseed!
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A question of bugs.

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Pretty pot…

my student apartment

my student apartment

my new apartment.

my new apartment.

Another batch of mysteries

Another batch of mysteries

Helppp!

Helppp!