I'm working on a permaculture design, looking for some inspiration.
There is an area on the site with hardpan soil (approx 10'x15'), which is basically exposed shale. Looking for ideas. For developing that type of soil, what type of grasses/covercrops are best to break this up (I've read rye, or maybe buckwheat over traditional covercrops such as clover, vetch, etc).
Also leaning towards utilizing as a small community space and foregoing having to dig into it or develop. Was thinking something such as a firepit, bbq, cob oven, or something similar.
Would appreciate any ideas or suggestions!