What should I do with this space?

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  • I am having difficulty getting inspired on what to do to this space. It gets too little sunlight for a vegetable garden and the earth is to hard to turn making if difficult for excavation. HELP!!
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  • Ana Bacallao Ana Bacallao on Jun 13, 2017
    Where is the area in relation to your house? Could you make it a conversation area with a firepit?

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jun 13, 2017
    can you post a photo?

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jun 14, 2017
    If you know someone who has a tiller you could prepare a garden bed for shade planting, or make a raised bed that is tall enough that you will not have to deal with the soil at ground level. You can also plant some veggies or herbs that would deal with less sunlight like leaf lettuce. Just how much morning and or afternoon sunlight does the area get?

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    • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jun 24, 2017
      Sorry, I see no picture of the area. If you don't have sun until after 2:00 P.M. your plants won't get a whole lot of hot sun. In regard to the critters, if you do a raised garden with a fencing around it like chicken wire you may be able to keep the critters out. I don't know what possums don't like, but I have heard said that dog hair works well. I use cayenne pepper and grated irish spring for rabbits, squirrels and chipmunks and that works for me. My garden is on a hill and getting fencing to line up with the surface is impossible the whole way, so I block the holes, but they can still get in somehow.

  • Suellen Hintz Suellen Hintz on Jun 15, 2017
    Rent a tiller if you need better soil conditions. If you live in an area you can hire day labor that's a good choice. Just pay them, provide tools, drinks and lunch.

  • Jean Jean on Jun 16, 2017
    there's plenty of things that do well in the shade (leafy things like kale, rooty things like beets and carrots) and if the dirt isn't good, sometimes, the best thing is to build the bed up, and then let deep-rooted plants work their magic over a number of years.

    a picture really would help, so we have an idea of how 'much' shade, how close to the house, how big, what else is there, and the like.

  • Cha6141907 Cha6141907 on Jun 17, 2017
    Here are some photos of the area I'm dealing with this is 1:00 afternoon sun and still in the shade.