I think there are lots of people here at permies who would love to help you figure this out. There are actually a couple of other threads about doing just what you are thinking about.
Like this one... http://www.permies.com/t/38449/projects/steep-backyard-garden-WIP-input
A picture would really help get things started if you would have a couple to post. Thanks!
I have a hill too and it's a wonderful asset if you plan things well.
Where does your water come from ?
Second, the rule of thumb is you can have a crop garden if the slope is 0-2%. 3-18% can be productive trees. >18% left as natural forest.
Focus on the areas that are 3-18% but even those can be very steep to work in. Are there existing paths?
It does look flat enough, especially if you have raised beds on contour. geoff lawton has a great vid on gardens in different climates. I'll see if I can find it...
Here's a link to the vid on his site. Watch them all, but this one in particular.
Cj Verde wrote:In the top pic the garden looks like it's above the pond, but the 2nd pic look like it's below it - which would be great for syphoning water from the pond to the garden - along swales, ideally.
It does look flat enough, especially if you have raised beds on contour. Geoff Lawton has a great vid on gardens in different climates. I'll see if I can find it...
Is it really running at a 25 percent slope? Does not look nearly that steep in the picture.
Soil texture? Georgia clay or something else?
Looks to me like a fine spot for a kitchen garden.
Last question for now, what are the length and width of the garden? No scale to the picture
Our slope is between 11° and 35° depending on the part you take into consideration.
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