The past few weeks Michael and I have been preparing the garden. We decided to try a few new organic "tricks" to help us have a weed free garden. We added organic compost to the soil, covered it with a barrier of recycled paper (which is supposed to break down gradually into the soil) and added a layer of cocoa shell mulch. Two weeks ago we started our seeds and yesterday in between conference sessions we planted a few choice vegetables and fruits.
In the top left we planted 6 rows of peppers (jalapeno, thai chili and banana) with more to come when our seedlings sprout. Mike uses them for homemade salsa in the summer time. In the top right is zuchini and tomato (also more to come from seeds), the bottom right has strawberries, rhubarb and pickling cucumbers and the bottom left was left open for all the rest of our seedings once they are big to plant.
Here are just some pics of walkway we added. Last year it was hard to get to the middle of the garden so we put our heads together and decided to divide the garden into 4 quadrants with the walkway and then stepping stones on either side.