When we first looked this apartment, one of the things that sold me on it was when the landlord mentioned that there was a garden in the back yard and I was free to use it. We moved in Nov 1 2008 and I soon discovered that his idea of a garden was to dump about an inch of top soil on a former gravel driveway, but at least it wasn't a paved parking lot like my previous apartment!
This year I have moved the garden down yet another foot but I have reached the end of expansion. Our laneway was redone last fall and the lower section of every driveway was covered with asphalt. The last woody compost pile now butts up against the pavement. To make it a bit more like a real hedgerow, I've planted a raspberry cane and moved the rhubarb which was not looking very happy in its spot under the tree. I moved the grasses to the edge as well and I think they'll stay there for good. I kinda like my mini thicket