The plan for the garden this year (after a lackluster year last year) is to take sort of a square foot gardening/ lasagna gardening approach by building up the soil rather than tilling it. I wish I would have thought of it in the fall so I could have started it then...but there ya go:/. I see lots of recommendations to mix or layer peat moss into it. Since peat moss is an expensive and non renewable resource are there any alternatives to it that will make my soil light and friable. Right now I have horse manure, rotted leaves, chicken manure mixed with seedy hay, corrugated cardboard, newspaper, and thought about buying a bale of alfalfa hay to compost in with everything else. When mowing season starts I'll be mulching with grass clippings. I should mention that my budget is pretty much zero and even finding $4 for a bale of alfalfa will be a bit challenging but thought it would be great for adding bulk and green matter. Everything else is donated or produced on farm. One more question...if I mix the "seedy" chicken litter with everything else and turn it everyday can I use it this year? This is an ambitious project. Finances are so low and jobs scarce that going hungry is a serious possibility, and something we're on the brink of already. It's a little scary but definitely motivating. Thanx in advance. It's so comforting to know there is somewhere to come for advice. Sorry this is such a looooong post.