Posted: 25/10/2013 at 20:05
I use cardboard (where I can) - it rots into the ground so doesn't cause waste.
Black fabric is good because it blocks out the light, but lets the heat through.
Some issues though with using fabric:
- It's a slug hibernating heaven!
- Most pernicious weeds (like couch grass) won't be bothered by the fabric and will grow as soon as you uncover them.
If you roughly dig over (and leave clumps) the freezing weather should break your soil up into a nice tilth ready for the spring.