We learned that natural mulch helps deter weeds. There has been plenty of late afternoon rain showers so the plants are growing nicely. Within the next two to three weeks we should start seeing the fruits of our labor.
In the meantime, our garbage has been reduced in half! We compost most of our leftover fruits and vegetables. The compost sales person was right, there is no foul decaying odor. In fact, there isn't any odor at all. We are looking forward to our organic soil in time for early fall planting season.