When we moved back to Massachusetts from Vermont, we lugged back with us many fruit shrubs and vines, some of which I'd started from cuttings taken during the spring of 2012. Among them were several types of currents (including black, red and white), gooseberries and hardy kiwi. In July, I also bought three fairly large blueberry bushes that were on sale for half-price. I thought this strip would be a great place to plant them since the shrubs would receive adequate sunlight here and help define the fence border separating the two spaces.
I wasn't planning on removing most of the grass within the bed itself, but it came up rather easily with my garden hoe. I soon realized that this was due to the fact that there is so little topsoil in our backyard. As a result, the grass roots were incredibly shallow and peeled up like a carpet.