Pumping up a neglected bed
I just moved into a new house at the beginning of July.
Running alongside one segment of my property is a very very narrow bed -- about 8 inches deep, but 30 feet long. Some segments have been entirely taken over by the lawn. At one end, the bed is all lawn. Then there are some stray malva and stray spider wort, volunteers from next door, that flop over, and (oops) I accidentally mowed down, so they pretty much look like ragged weeds.
Then there's a section that's so clay-ey that nothing grows in it -- not even weeds.
Then at the far end, there are some very floppy stringy wild phlox that I also accidentally mowed down.
So -- I'm not sure if I want to take on the whole bed at once, and I'm not even sure how to go about it.
I think the bed could be widened to at least a foot and a half, and that would at least keep whatever grows in there from flopping directly on to the lawn, to be killed by my lawn mower.
If I wanted to improve the soil, would I just remove all the things growing in it right now, and assume that they would come back next spring anyway?
Is it too late in the season to go re-making a bed? Should I just wait until spring?
There are a few spears of green leaves that could be the remnants of bulb blooms, or could be lily of the valley -- I don't exactly know what all I have in there. Is there any way to enlarge and improve the soil of a garden bed without really knowing everything you've got in there? It would be nice (and cheap!) to keep the malva and spiderwort and phlox (although it's so stringy, I'm not sure it's worth saving) rather than having to buy new stuff. But the bed really does need to be enlarged to make it look like something other than a bad accident in the wrong place.
Sorry to be so long-winded. Any thoughts on this process would be welcome.