And now on to amending....
I'm planning several new beds for next Spring. We're going to built both those and the existing beds up as well. Raised beds seem really attractive,and we're going to do it lasagna method. Anything that leads to not needing to till and no back breaking digging as well as less weeding definitely has my attention. I also had a real find this last week in the shape of a shipping box/crate thingy made of the same wood used for pallets with the wood arranged in a very attractive "X" pattern. They were just going to throw it away! Can you believe that? It's going to become a garden bed for an area that I'm leery of digging because of the gas meter and lines. It's about 3 ft high and probably 4 ft wide on each side and is raised on legs of it's own.
So, after all that, I bet you're wondering what my question is, aren't ya? :P
The question is, what would be recommended to accomplish this? I can get manure from one of Cliff's co-workers who has horses, I've got tons of newspapers (minus all the glossy stuff) I've got two bales of hay that's been aging in a corner of my back yard. I can probably score coffee ground from one of the places around here. We don't peel a lot of veggies, for most things we prefer to scrub and leave peels on for the vitamins. So, any other suggestions? Will I need to add soil to this? If so, I was thinking of hitting the end of season sales and stocking up on garden soil.