I wouldn't have sprayed it, I don't use any herbicides around what the family eats. Ideal may have been to plow it last fall, then rototill from spring on. When I started my 4 gardens back up from grass (didn't have the time for a few years), I just put up with the grass on the one I didn't plow. The year after that there wasn't much grass and the year after that it was normal.
I went past a place in Scugog Twp on Friday that had some really good smelling (ripe) cow manure spread on his field.:D
IF you can find some two or three year old cow manure, it will be good and ripe but it will be real good for the garden in the fall. Just leave in on over the winter and turn it in, in the spring. If it is ripe enough it will clear out your sinuses:laughing::laughing::D
Don't forget to compost food waste from your home. (No meats of course) I have a regular garden similar to yours, and another just for potatoes and vine crops. I use old pallets to build compost piles - zero cost - and compost household wastes, grass clippings, leaves and some old hay. I throw in chicken manure from a neighbor farmer and wind up with excellent black dirt. I add ashes from my woodstove, and can grow most anything.
Like in so many things, there are many ways to build a great garden. Keep looking for tips. I'll never stop growing, looking and changing.
Just DO NOT use pine/tamarac needles in your compost.
Thanks guys, all good tips, I am taking notes. I've been giving most of my food scraps to the city of Ottawa since they started the green bin program. I only started doing that because my compost bin was full and I wasn't doing anything with it. I'll keeping it for myself, mix in leaves, ash maybe some hay and some well aged manure. Eventually I'll get great soil, but for now, things are growing, just say a full row of cucumber was poking up :D and the pumpkins are growing like weeds.
I don't even bother to compost, I just dump the vegetable scraps onto the garden and it gets rototilled in the next time I rototill. That might be next spring if it happens to be winter. I don't bag grass clippings but do age the manure 2 years before adding it to the garden. I try to spread it out with the box scraper and then rototill it in.
I'm in the same boat you're in kiotiken. I put in my first garden this year and I had a friend with a tractor and a single leaf plow come in and plow very shallow and just turn over the grass so the roots would show and let it die. Then he came back a couple of weeks later and plowed real deep. Then we used a rear tine tiller on that to get it broke up real well. I then got a load of cold manure and spread it over the garden.
We came back and tilled it in and made our planting rows. Then we put down a light layer of 13-13-13 on just the planting rows and so far we've had bumper crops of everything.
This is a picture of Fred doing the deep plow.