What we call the "family" garden has been planted and is growing nicely. This year, we planted through little holes in a big tarp--one of the tarps that used to be spread over a stack of round bales to keep them dry. (Now we wrap round bales and line them up.) So far, this method looks promising. There are no lumps in the garden landscape to imply that weeds are growing below. Why should we care if weeds are growing below the tarp and as long as they're not choking out a vegetable? Weeds in The Underland lead to lumps in the tarp surface, and lumps in the tarp surface lead to pools of water between them. And I, for one, don't like to tend the vegetables while standing in water!