So the progress on the garden is slow, but steady. We finally got the entire garden covered in layers of mulch hay, newspaper, mulch chips, and now we're working on a layer of manure. Paul was nice enough to drive into the pasture and scoop a trailer load of manure for me.
Of course then it got really cold, and all the manure froze. Which makes it a challenge to break up and spread. But we got half of the garden covered. Maybe at some point we'll even get the other side done! Here is a picture of it in the midst of manure-spreading: