I would like to build a new traditional garden to grow larger crops (pumpkins, squash, cabbage). I took an area 30 x 20 and ran a plow through it. Then I came back later and rototilled it, added leaves and manure in last fall and mixed it together. The soil is fair at best, lots of rocks. I have run my landscape rake through it and removed as many rocks as possible but there are still so many baseball size. It seems endless.
Last week I invited a friend over who runs an excavating business. He has done a lot of work for me and has equipment to clean it out. He told me it's not worth the time and money. He suggested I remove the top 8-12 inches and stock pile for future fill projects(which I have). Then order two truck loads (25 yards, $390 a load))of garden soil mix. He told me it would cost less and the soil would be great.
My question: Since I will have scrapped the area clean, should I install a commercial grade fabric on top of the base before I fill with the new garden soil? The base soil under the garden is a mix of sand and rocks. It drains well, sometimes too well.
Thanks for your feed back.