Our garden plot is rather large, which makes the prepping a rather huge project. First, the boys and I got in and pulled any oversized or very tall weeds. Then, we took piles of mulch hay and did a layer over the entire garden. The mulch hay was disgusting. Slimy, blackened, moldy. It's good, though, that it was already partially decomposed, since I am starting this process a little late in the game. After the mulch hay comes a layer of 3-4 sheets of newspaper, followed by a layer of wood chips. We ran out of newspaper, so I only finished 1/8th of the garden. Still, it was a lot of progress for one day.
Doesn't the corner I finished look good? You can see all the gross mulch hay around the edges, just waiting for the layers of newspaper and wood chips. And by the wheelbarrow, last year's pulled brussel sprouts, which didn't quite ripen in time for harvest before winter.
Once the newspaper and mulch is finished, then you put a layer of compost, and let it sit and stew until planting time. Hopefully it'll break down enough over the next couple of months to be ready come the end of March.
Readers, are you making gardening plans yet?