Posted: 30/03/2017 at 09:17
When do you want to start sowing seeds? Because the season is starting. Covering completely now and not sowing will mean you've almost missed the boat!
Is the manure well rotted? I use it as a mulch in the flower beds, but in the veg garden I rotavate the manure in, having left it on top over winter, because I feel it's a bit rich to sow into. I also use permeable woven fabric to keep down the weeds, I cut holes or strips in it, depending what I'm sowing or planting. Others are against weed surpressant fabrics and wouldn't use them, but if it lets the rain in it works fine for me. What you shouldn't use is black plastic sheeting that doesn't let anything through. But that can be used in autumn over winter to keep weeds down if you dig and manure in spring.