Hello fellow dirt lovers!
Been a while since I came through here. The last year or 2 have been rough. But once again I find myself in need of some advice and know this is the best place for it!
I have a raised bed garden in the side yard that has been doing very well for the past 5 years or so. Last Summer, I fenced it off to keep the rabbits and deer out and everything was doing exceptionally well. But then a LOT of rough "stuff" happened in my personal life and I was unable/unmotivated to keep up with the weeding so the bermuda grass (I think) has totally taken over and destroyed it.
Last weekend I went out to reclaim it and used the weedeater to take everything down to the dirt and then tried to dig out and sift the bed soil but the roots are so thick and tough you can't even get a shovel full out at a time. So i was just going to pull out the frames and start over but they are "glued" down by the weed roots and are unmovable without destroying them.
I am at a loss on how to proceed! I was considering tearing everything out and tilling the whole mess but that would just spread the weeds faster. So next, I thought about plastic sheeting and mulching the entire area but don't have the money for that.
Anyone have suggestions for how to proceed? The clock is ticking and I am just frustrated! I mean, it is only about 25'x50' but all I have are hand tools.
Thanks for any and all suggestions!