I live in a rented house (in south Texas) who's backyard has been completely neglected over the years. We cleared out all of the hackberry and bamboo (or at least what we could find... that stuff is like zombies: comes back from the dead). Under all of that mess were flower beds!
As spring is rapidly approaching, we are getting very excited to have our own little garden. Unfortunately, these beds are in bad shape. I need to turn over all the soil and add new stuff to make it ready for my little plants-- but this is much harder than I thought it would be. After about one hour with a shovel, I was ready to call it quits.
Do y'all have any advice as to how to make the space easier to work with? The ground is very hard- will watering it make it more mailable, or just make a muddy mess? Should I go after it with a pick-ax, or just teach my dog to dig holes? Is pure elbow grease the only way to make it happen?
thanks for any advice!