Our first order of business was to prepare the garden bed. The DPW mowed the area close to the ground and provided wood chips for our use.  We had planned on starting work on Saturday, but the remnants of Hurricane Ian pushed our work into Monday afternoon. We smothered the entire area with cardboard and covered the cardboard with woodchips. This is a way of killing weeds without using chemicals. The cardboard will remain on the ground until next fall (or towards the end of the summer) in order to effectively kill weeds. 
The end result! Who says you can't work hard and have fun doing it?