My gardening friend and neighbour called me to day to let me know she has plants ready for me and after me filling her in on the lack of garden beds (yet) and large dips and holes in the lawn etc. she suggested I order some really good soils (one for garden, one for lawn). One soil would fill the holes in the lawn which is what I had figured I had to do, the other she said I could get enough to make a sort of raised bed (no border on it) about a foot deep. I would just put it right over the grass where I want a bed and plant away.
She said she did this with a couple of beds and by the next year the ground had settled to a few inches, the plants were established and the grass was dead and basically acting as compost. After a couple of years of doing that she added the border to hold the soil in but basically it meant no digging (which kills my back).
Now this makes a whole lot of sense to me given my serious lack of wanting to do digging right now and having a big want for some beds and plants (especially since they are available and free). Meanwhile, it flies in the face of my belief that one had to dig pretty deep to make room for future roots and such but then again, I'm not any sort of expert gardener.
So, do you think this would work? It would be easy to order a delivery and just move it and dump it especially given there used to be a trailer in the back (the cause of the dips) so the fence opens.