Posted: Today at 10:02
Gosh where to start: soil, need to leave a hose running on this to get it nice and wet, if you manure it now, then you need to dig it in but come autumn and winter, just keep laying on top And the worms etc will do the rest. If lay manure on top as it is, then the underneath will remain dry. Why loathe to with kids? If you work this soil, then next year it should be ready for planting up. Plants: really depends what you want to achieve, low work? Then look for spreading plants such as monbritia (spelling), self seeders foxglove. My suggestion is to get the soil ready over this year and winter, whilst designing how you want the bed to look next year ie tall at the back, shrubs, spreaders, colour etc. keep an eye on the forum as find out behaviours of various plants. Marigolds I can't answer sorry. Hope helps.