We have 3.5 acres in Northern Alberta, Canada. The "lawn" is some grass, with lots of weeds (clover) and covers almost 2 acres. Beyond that is 1 acre of mown down weeds (was 6 foot high sweet clover last summer). We would like to turn that acre into lawn/gardens. What's the best way to go about it? Till it all under? The ground is pretty rocky/clay so I image we may have to bring in some topsoil? Was thinking of covering it all in thick mulch (we have LOTS of trees from the neighbour we could chip up and spread on top).
For a garden back there I'm thinking of putting down a thick layer of straw and making a few raised beds on top (just dirt mounded on top, probably 6 4' by 4') and grow my pumpkins and zucchins out there.
Thoughts? Suggestions? Thanks!