You can use all the cardboard boxes from your move instead of newspaper. They take longer to breakdown but work really well blocking out the weeds. Its great to put a layer of manure down before you cover the weeds with cardboard or newspaper and then add more manure.... top with wood chips. Goggle sheet mulching... Its a permaculture technique..... My one tip would be sure you water well ... you want to soak the cardboard to encourage it to breakdown. I had practically pure sand not a worm in site ... after amending the soil with manure and cardboard everywhere I dug there was a worm! The key to growing great healthy vegetables is to build great healthy soil! Good luck!