Answer: Rather than removing the soil, why not cover it with a weed barrier and then cut holes in the barrier to plant your vegetables? Weed barriers effectively block the light seeds need to germinate (so wild flowers and weeds won't sprout), but they allow air to circulate and water to penetrate. If you find the weed barrier unattractive, you can cover it with an organic mulch.
Best wishes with your new veggie garden!
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