My garden has a humble beginning. I've dug up one little 4' square and layed out papers for the larger bits (4' x 8' or so). The soil is a whole lot of clay and not much else. I found spark plug digging up the small square in the back, so I'm hoping there isn't to much motor oil in the soil. That would really stink.
I've got seedlings going inside, and I'll get lettuce into the square bit in a day or so. The rain is so nice, but makes the clay hard to work with. Gonna have to get some sand and compost into it.