I turned the lawn in my side yard into productive abundance! First I removed all the grass by hand with a shovel (that was no joke). The ground underneath was all crazy think clay with no top soil and no biological life. I brought in some compost and formed the rows and woodchip walking paths. I broadforked (14 inch meadow creature – https://meadowcreature.com/broadforks) the rows but the ground was so compacted that I could barely scratch the surface (Frustrating). I decided to plant anyway and put down about 2-3 x 5 gal buckets of compost for each row (20 feet long by 3 feet wide). The walking paths are anywhere from 6 inches to 18 inches wide (the idea being that you can straddle the garden rows without having to step in the beds and everything is so tight that you can actually plant more than if you had a tractor doing this). I had an incredible first season growing a ton of food on some really crappy soil.
Suburban Permaculture 20 miles from Washington DC