Thanks RosieL. We're about mid way through the buying process right now. We've agreed on a price and signed everything, then sent the papers to the seller to sign. I want to go start digging up my garden areas already.
I'll do my best to describe the layout first and then I'll try and explain what I want to grow.
Around the front of the house under the windows are the typical flower areas. And I don't know at all what I want to plant there. I've never really seen the point of flowers just for the sake of flowers, but then I've never had a chance to pick and grow my own. I was thinking a mix of purple and white and blue flowers, and I've been trying to find some that have uses (lavender, chamomile for example).
The front yard also has some small tree, around the middle, and it looks like they might have had one of those plastic circle things around it. I don't think I'll do anything with that other then remove the plastic thingy.
There is a small laundry alcove off the kitchen with a door that leads into the back yard and a door that leads into the garage. My husband checked the orientation of the house for me and the sun rises in the back yard and sets in the front. So I'm planning on planing my vegetables near the house and the door.
The vegetable garden is the hard part for me. Size wise, 5' by 10' was suggested, but I don't know how much work and yield that would be. I'd like to grow pretty much what ever I can. Corn, tomatoes (though we might use hanging pots for those), squash, okra, potatoes, onions, garlic, cucumbers, peppers... What I'd really like for the first year at least, is to pick 5 or so of the easier ones and start with those.
There is a small bed up against the house, under the breakfast nook window, I was planning on using that for herbs. Dill, thyme, rosemary, pretty much anything that will grow here.
I'd also like to have a berry patch somewhere in the yard. I can get starter bushes of raspberry and blackberry. I'd also like blueberries and strawberries (might get a strawberry pot for these). Around the middle of the fence, furthest away from the house, one of the neighbour's trees has pushed through the fence. We plan on putting a whole new fence up if we can. If we cant I was thinking having the berry bushes by the gaps might be an idea.
The rest of the yard is big, there are two largeish trees up in the left corner furthest away from the house. Both have those plastic things around them, and one of the two has tulips growing near the tree. I really don't like those plastic things so I'm sure we'll pull those out and use something different. The right of the yard also has two trees, smaller ones, we are going to wait and see what they look like but we may get rid of them.
The yard is on a slope, with the highest part being furthest away from the house and leveling out mid way, and then sloping again about half way through the front yard.
Sorry this has been such a long post, I just wanted to try and describe everything as best as I could. If there are any suggestions on what to start with, or if it would be better to break this down into stages to make it more workable that would be appreciated.