I promised I'd try to get pictures of the garden and the work as we did it yesterday. After a whole lot more research and talking with Mike, we decided not to use the peat moss. We took it back for a refund yesterday with the intent of using something else. We're just not sure yet what, if anything we'll use. Gail made some really great suggestions. Two of those I can definitely do - 1. The chicken waste we mucked out of the coop 2. Feed bags - I just got tired yesterday after completing all of this other work and will have a fresher outlook on things along with a renewed energy level today when I go outside to assess the garden again.
So, here is what happened yesterday:
This is what the hills looked like before we starred on the garden:
In the following picture you can really see how thick the grass was getting in areas beneath the straw where I couldn't see until I raked it back a little bit:
Below is a picture of our Natural and Organic Insecticide:
The garden after the straw was raked out and each hill hoed:
There is still some straw visible between the rows in the above picture but Mike will be using the tiller between those to take care of that for me.
A little bit closer:
38 Hills of Squash and Cucumbers later, we see happy plants free of pesky old weeds and grass: