Thank you so much for the friendly greeting
It's interesting that you use both commercial grade landscape cloth and cardboard... My first thought was I definitely didn't want any weeds to grow up in to my raised beds after putting all this time and work into them and that's why I was wondering if I should use fabric but to use both is overkill.... And that's what I usuall do with everything I make, build, and repair.... I like the way you think
And I have decided to wait till early spring to make my beds, that way I don't have to put a cover crop or thick mulch on it.
Thank you for suggesting Mel's books after reading about the Mel's soil it sounds like the book will be very informative and I will check out the link as soon as I am done writing
As far as researching this winter...... Well I have been reading everyday now for about two Months. This garden all started by me suggesting to my girlfriend that we put a small garden in corner of the yard. Which I thought I would just flip the soil and throw some seeds in.... Lol boy was I wrong!! well after researching I now want to make raised beds, wicking beds, drip irrigation system, I started a worm farm for castings for next spring, started three compost piles, built four rain barrels, decided to make a bigger garden in back of yard instead of a small corner, clearing trees and roots, and reading everything I can.... gardening is addicting and I see this already.I'm so excited to start my garden next spring.... And my gf thinks I'm crazy haha
Have a wonderful day ElizabethB,