I rent my plot from the local council. It’s a full-sized plot of around 90 square meters and located close to a line of very tall, mature trees to the West. By early afternoon in summer about half the plot is in shade .
I have a decent depth of soil, but left to its own devices it is pretty heavy and claggy. Over the ten or so years I have had the plot I have worked hard to improve the soil, adding organic matter such as composted leaves, cow manure, green manures and garden compost.
We took over a neglected patch full of the usual couch, docks and dandelions.
We did fall heir to a wind-exploded plastic shed which we rebuilt and which served us well until this last year.
It took the better part of three years to get the plot clean and tidy.
All very satisfying however, especially when our first crops came on stream.