This book shows lots of great ideas for 1/10 an acre, 1/4 acre, 1/2 acre and a full acre. We have almost 3/4 of an acre in our little suburban neighborhood and I wouldn't want to take all of my childrens play area, so I am sticking with the 1/10 acre plan with a few adjustments to fit our needs.
Here is a drawing of what I want to work on starting next month. WARNING: it may be hard to read and is not drawn to scale by any means.
I know a couple of the beds will have some of the same vegetables, but I figure that will allow me to add many different varieties and have lots of canning opportunities as well as fresh vegetable eating this summer.
The flowerbed in front of our house is mostly shaded throughout the day, so using one of my favorite sites motherearthliving.com, I was able to find 7 herbs that grow wonderfully in shade. http://www.motherearthliving.com/gardening/7-herbs-that-grow-in-shade.aspx
And with the help of pinterest, I found the design I want to use for the front herb garden.
I am so excited to get started!!! Spring can't come fast enough at the Stapler Suburban Homestead!!!