Okay, we've been in this house less than a year, but it came with a fenced off garden area. It was horribly overgrown with God-Knows-What (though I do know it has/had tons of English Mint, red clover, Morning glory and wild blackberries). I did my best to rip it all out, but we didn't have a tiller at the time, so I did it all by hand. Not fun. Anyway, we planted a few things despite all the weeds and horrible roots running through it. Some corn, lettuce, radishes, beets, melons, peas, green beans and cucumbers, mostly purchased plants we got from Home Depot, and a few seeds I got from Johnny's. Oh, I think we planted a few carrots too. Basically, a little of everything. It started off okay, growing okay, but the end result? Funny-looking corn with very little yeild. Maybe 3 cucumbers, a handful of green beans, a few handfuls of greens, 1 radish, 1 wimpy carrot, and nothing else. I've heard you do EVERYTHING wrong your first garden. Did I? What can I do NOW to prepare for my next-year's garden? This is important to me. ANY advice would be great. And no, DH won't let me have a compost pile - he's afraid of vermin and smell (despite all I do to convince him otherwise). BUT my neighbor has a mini-horse and she's going to collect some manure for me to till into my garden in a couple of weeks to compost over the winter. Of course, with Autumn in full swing I have an abundance of leaves, and my DH's Ebay addiction has left me with a ton of cardboard. I was thinking of tilling the manure in, and piling cardboard on top to try to smother everything to death. Any advice?? AND YES, I do have the Square foot gardening book, but he doesn't help me much with soil preparation on an overgrown garden.