I cleared out part of the garden. I have hot cherry peppers still growing (got 4 large mason jars my first year). I took down the sunflowers, the heads are hanging to dry out. The stems were 2" thick at the base and took a sawzall to cut.
I raked out the weeds, lightly tilled the soil then added in fresh top soil and some manure. Raked it out, made the mounds and planted.
I am attempting to see what happens. I live in SW Connecticut and put in bush beans, mixed lettuce, romaine, broccoli rabe, and spinach. I have no idea if all of it will grow but we shall see.