Jump-start your garden by sprouting seeds with hydrogen peroxide. Keep the seeds moist by using hydrogen peroxide with the water. It prevents the mold and fungus that attacks sprouting seeds. Continue watering with the basic solution after you plant the seeds.
The newspaper will prevent any grass and weed seeds from germinating, but unlike fabric, it will decompose after about 18 months. By that time, any grass and weed seeds that were present in the soil on planting will be dead. It’s green, it’s cheaper than fabric, and when you decide to remove or redesign the bed later on, you will not have the headache you would with fabric. (Wish I had thought of this last year!)