The carpet is there to keep weeds down for now on the pathway. Once the pathway is laid out, the carpet will be laid down and covered with mulch. I'm going to be calling tree trimmers this week to see about getting some free mulch. I could really use a whole truckload for this and other projects.
Next, I will be planting the right side of the bed. I've discovered that the front of it gets a lot of afternoon sun, so I'll be putting some veggies in there for now to keep it going until I can figure it all out in the spring.