new to SFG
After helping a friend put in 3 4x4 raised beds I decided to give it a try myself. I've got a 10x10 frame made of 2x6 boards filled with compost from the local stockyard, sphagnum moss, Earthgro topsoil and potting soil, and some grass clippings. I put weed cloth in the bottom but am regretting that now as I'm afraid the roots won't grow like they should. My biggest problem is that the dirt underneath the frame is clay (not such a big deal) mixed with morning glory and other weed seeds. I've tried everything short of dumping chemicals on the dirt to kill them but nothing works. The whole reason I wanted to try the raised bed was to cut down on the weeds that ALWAYS take the garden over by midsummer. I'd love to cover the whole garden space with raised beds and maximize my productivity with SFG methods but the weeds make it impossible. Now, I've got a friend that raises goats, chickens, quail, and rabbits that I can get fresh manure from. So I was wondering if I could dump the manure on the weeds to burn and kill them then till that under. How have others handled ridiculous weeds trying to take over raised beds and such? Even the weeds that I covered with the weed cloth and 5 inches of dirt are starting to pop through... my parents are already against anything I try to do as far as gardening and I really want this to work so I can show them how much better it would be for us and our wallets.