(I'm new here and I did a search but didn't find exactly what I was looking for, so please forgive me if this is a commonly asked question...)
I'm wondering if people have advice or experience on planting a vegetable garden where there is currently a lawn.
Here's the situation: Two springs ago, just after we moved into our home, we made 3 10'x4' plots by manually removing the top layer of sod and turning compost/soil into the plots. We've planted on these plots over the last 2 seasons, and had virtually no weeds - it's amazing! But now, we're ready to expand the garden, add some paths, etc. and we are debating how to approach it. The work to make the 3 small plots was rather backbreaking and took a lot of time, so I'm not sure that enlarging the garden in this way is worth our time and energy. I'd like to roto-till the area just this once (we're organic gardeners who loooooove the compost and lasagne-layering!), lay a thick coat of compost over it, and start planting. My husband is worried we'll get unmanagable weeds - oh, I probably should add that our "lawn" is far from the manicured grass of suburban life...it's in fact probably a lot of "weeds" that we keep mowed, but look nice and green to us! I'm REALLY desperate to expand this year, so waiting until the fall when we can use the cardboard method is not an option.
So, can anyone offer advice? Will we have completely unmanagable weeds? Is there another (organic) way of converting your lawn into a vegetable garden that doesn't require my hubby to take a shovel to a hundreds of square feet of grass?
Thanks so much!!!