I'm new here but I am currently in the process of cultivating my mothers old garden of flowers into a vegetable garden. It hadn't been touched in about 2 years or so, so I started by raking off the top. Then I just went at it with a shovel and hoe. Now I am in the process of cleaning it out. I feel like I might have made a istake because the cultivation is really hard... there are a ton of roots.
So anyways, I am wondering if I should be worried about weeds/plants/flowers sprouting up. How "clean" does the soil need to be of roots and such? Will they just rot if they are severed and left underground? Should I just take the big stuff out and stir the soil?
I was also thinking about doing a small lasagna thing; put a layer of newspaper and then a layer of compost and stir it all up in April. I've heard that kills old plants and weeds. Would that work?
Any advice would be great! Thanks!