Oftentimes the ground needs a little work before it’s ready to grow food plants.
Builders may have dumped foundation subsoil on top of the original, nourishing topsoil. Heavy weather may have stripped the narrow band of organic material off your home site. Years of pesticide and fertilizer application by uncreative gardeners may have dramatically reduced your local population of beneficial microorganisms.
We can have your soil tested, and interpret those test results for you, to get a sense of which nutrients are abundant in your soil, how much organic material you already have present, and what sort of amendments you’d be best off adding.
The solution to most garden problems seems to be “mulch, and more of it!” Sheet mulching is a technique that can turn unproductive lawn into bountiful, blooming garden within a single growing season.