I took a look outside today to see what we can do with a minimum of money invested. I'd like to see us put in 2 more 2 X 8 boxes, and a 4 X 6 box. That would increase the raised planter growing space to 104 square feet. Those beds will require lumber and a soil mix.
We need trellises for tomatoes and cucumbers. Our CSA is providing us with tomato starts.
I want to tear out the berry bushes (they produce very little) and put winter squash in that bed (not a raised bed) as winter squash stores well. That bed is about 15 X 5 feet, and could produce a lot if we also use trellises for the smaller squash. The bed needs to be dug out; in addition to the berry bushes there are quite a few established weeds in the bed. It will need soil amendment.
Along the side of the house is 3 X 18 bed that I intend to plant as an herb garden. A friend has some basil starts for me. I've moved to using fresh herbs exclusively, and want basil, thyme, rosemary, sage, cilantro, Italian parsley, and perhaps a few more. I'll put lemon balm and mint in pots.
I have a north facing bed against the garage; It needs some sort of barrier as it is level with the small bit of grass out there. I could use retaining wall blocks to build a small raised bed, 14 X 1; the question is what exactly could I grow there?
I have plans for a shaded/woodland garden in our secluded side yard. I haven't thought much about edibles yet.
Since we have a CSA share this year my goals is to grow the things I know we eat a lot of, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, lettuces, and other greens. I probably won't try to grow potatoes or carrots this year.
Once we get things going I'll start thinking about edibles in the front yard!