lasagna in shade..did i do it right?
I have a 12x4 area under my deck overhang, complete shade. I put a lasagna bed in to plant fern, astilbe, hosta. No weeds or grass to start with so I did not use newspaper/cardboard layer. First I tilled a little to break things up, maybe 2 inches. Next, a layer of dehydrated cow manure, then dried leaves, then peat moss and then a little top soil. I watered each layer and have begun trenching (spaced 1 foot apart)in kitchen scraps and coffee grinds. Total was about 8" high. This was the best I could do when starting in spring. Not planting for another few weeks. My questions: 1) Do I cover this with mulch (I have pine mulch) now or after I plant? 2) Do I need to cover this with anything else until I plant? 3)Should I till(I could be using this word wrong) the area to mix it up or leave layers as is? 4)What else should I be adding.5)Should I continue to water it and keep it moist? (does it matter in shade?)
Sorry for the wordy message but I'm new at this and would hate to have done this wrong and have wasted my time. So, tell me if I did something wrong and if/how it can be corrected.
Thanks so much!