Starting a New Garden Plot
My husband and I have owned our house for 1 year now, this winter I would like to make a 20x20 garden polt out of what was once a lawn in my front yard. The grass is over grown and sloped down hill away from the house. there are a variety of weeds and things growing on their own (horsetails, mint, grasses, boxwood shrubs) Before I started reading about permaculture I would have had my friendly neighbor tractor rototill the area. Now I'm feeling like this might not be the ecologically sound idea.
I have a Bunch of straw bedding full of goat poop goodness to add to the already rich dark soil. Chickens are part of our little family too.
So my question, how to create a space for the veggies herbs and such so they wont compete with the grass? with out tearing everything up? is it ok to till the soil the first year and then just mantain it after that without tilling? Any ideas? Hand pulling a whole lawn just can't be the answer =). thank you!