"Here comes the Sun..."...to chase away the darkness. I'm up for that!
The year before, our freezer broke and I lost every thing in it. Including several gallons of this precious commodity.
Then I filled the beds with old grass/compost. (I have since read to soak the cardboard first.) A layer of wood chips, about 4 inches, and they will be ready to plant.
I find it comforting that in spite of the dreary look of my garden, it still has it's vibrant parts...if you just look for it.