We have been using a "mulch paper" made out of plastic, perforated so rain can get through, as a weed block for several years. Recently I read that this isn't such a great idea; it does nothing for the soil and can make it hard for plants to get enough water. So Saturday I bought 7 bags of soil-feeding organic mulch and we replaced the weed block. (Most of it, anyway. We left the bit in the corner.)
I had read about a product called Sweet Peet that is made from manure and other good stuff, but it was too hard to find. The closest places that sell it are 20 miles away. We were actually on our way to a place in Allendale on Saturday, but there were two lanes closed on the GSP, so we decided it wasn't worth it and turned around. We tried to get some in Connecticut last weekend (we were up there because my brother's band was playing) and no dice there as well. So I went to Richfield Farms near us, and they had something similar:
When Adam opened up the first bag (as well as all the rest), he found lots of fat, happy worms living in there. I'm always glad to have more worms in the garden. I haven't seen many lately (although later when I turned over the compost pile I did find a bunch in there).
Here's a picture of the garden, after. Check out our bean poles and the structure we made for the tomatoes:
We used the last bag of it in all the pots to feed them, too.