Hey Homie Homesteaders!
We just bought a new house over the summer. Due to the moving-in process, I skipped gardening last year. However, now it’s January and Spring is fast approaching so I’ve got planting on my mind.
Unfortunately, the beautiful, tall trees that fill our front and back yards provide us with a beautiful view, but very little space that’s sunny enough for a vegetable garden. In fact the only spot that really works is a patch of yard that was paved over as a driveway extension (it looks like it may have been used for boat parking or some such).
So the question is, what is the best way to make this space useable as a garden? Do I get a bunch of cinderblocks and top soil and just build a raised bed on top of the cement? Or should I rent a jackhammer (and a day laborer) to bust up the cement so I can till the ground?
I can think of pros and cons to both, but I’m still pretty much a novice in this home-grown food thing and there is probably a lot I am NOT thinking of.
First, go check out our container garden archive — one doesn’t need tillable land to grow things. Second, let’s turn it over to our homesteading Homies for THEIR advice…