I have a veggie garden where I live in the middle of the woods here in Michigan. The primary trees around me are 90% white pine, and some oak mixed in. My veggie garden up until 2 years ago was a very large flower garden with in ground sprinkling and a koi pond. I got rid of the flowers and the pond starting late in 2011, and this past summer was the first shot at a large veggie garden. The soil here is very sandy, and under part of this garden is my drain field. About 8 or 9 years ago, when it was a flower garden, I brought in a bunch of soil from a cattle farm and mixed it in between seasons. Also, soil from the chicken house is rotated into the garden area yearly. This first year was very successful. Hopefully I've given enough info for some advice.
In the Fall 2011, I prepped the area to go from flowers to veggies, I nuked the area with RoundUp, and cut it all down and tilled it a week or two after that. This past summer, I was constantly fighting the flowers and the woods from trying to take back the new veggie garden. A few weeks ago, Jack talked about using layers of newspaper, cardboard, and mulch to help with this. I don't remember if there was an order to doing this or not ? And should I do this now, before the snow arrives, or Spring 2013 ? Or just do the papers, cardboard now, and wait to put down the mulch in the spring? I have a large pile of mulch that was dropped by the local tree trimming company that was clearing the power lines down the road......Or anybody got some alternative ideas ? Thanks !!