I've always been lucky enough to rent places that had a garden patch already there and ready to rototill and be on my way. I've moved to a new place with only a lawn, but i am really wanting a garden. The landlord has allowed me to kill some grass to make a garden. Yippee!
I have already decided to suffocate the grass for several weeks/months, and then rototill right over the dead grass. Of the many ways I've read to do it, this just seems like the best to me. Now my concern is, if all I have under there is clay, will I have done all that work for nothing and be stuck with a big pile of useless clay, or can I still grow? (I have read about adding organic material to clay to make it better over time, but my concern is I will probably only be here for this one year)
I thought about making a couple raised beds out of some old pallets but top soil is so expensive, especially for the size I want.
So what does everyone think? Am I taking a huge risk by destroying the lawn or will I be able to grow no matter what the soil type?
PS I've always been a very uneducated grower, basically just sticking seeds in the ground and watering every day (yes...I thought you had to water every day until this winter ) but I've done so much reading and research over the winter, I feel like I've learned years worth of knowledge, and am very excited to get in the garden so I am hoping you can help me find a way to make it work
Thanks so much!!