Gardening does not need to be a section in the back corner of your property or typical flower and shrub beds. Check in to other options.
Aquaponics – grow produce and raise fish
Back To Eden documentary – excellent documentary on using compost, no tilling, and other ways to learn gardening from nature
Rip Your Strip – remove your lawn and grow water smart plants. If growing edibles in your parking strip I would recommend keeping 2′ minimum between the edibles and the street due to contamination from car exhaust.
Square Foot Gardening – a specific type of raised bed gardening. Attract gardens that don’t need to hidden in the back of your property. Requires less water, less weeding, fewer seeds.
Edible Landscaping – grow edibles in many parts of your landscape. Edible plants can be used in place of or in addition to ornamental plants.
Beuna, Garden Coach