Border advice please.
We recently moved into our home, it’s about 10 yrs old and the previous occupants weren’t big gardeners. We are just starting out but have discovered there is only about 5 inch of poor soil before solid ground/rubble. We have plans for a cottage garden but do not want to build raised beds for the borders (cost reasons) hence what do we do to removed all of the weeds etc and will plants grow in such poor soils. We are wondering if we should simply cover the ground in fabric this year and start afresh next spring. Any thoughts? Grateful for all advices.