1. With a hose, outline the perimeter of the new garden bed on the lawn. Then, with a sharp spade, dig a 2-inch-deep, V-shaped groove around the outlined area.
2. Cover the outlined area with four to six layers of newspaper tucking the edges into the groove in the sod.
3.Spread a 6-inch layer of manure over the newspaper.After the grass beneath has decomposed (in two to four months) plant through the manure.
TIME: About 2 hours for a 10- by 20-foot bed
COST: About $50 for 4 yards of cow or steer manure (horse manure contains too many weed seeds)
50- to 100-foot hose