My family are not not huge vegetable eaters so this is a hobby learning endeavor for my kids as much as anything. I started small this year, I tilled a 16x24 foot area several weeks ago. Based on what my family does eat I planted strawberries, cucumbers for pickles, broccoli, and tomatoes all from small plants from a local garden center. Then I planted two rows of corn and two rows of green beans, both from seed. I didn't have time to do a soil test before I got started. The area I tilled has just been lawn before now. Prior to planting I put down 600 pounds of compost and tilled it in with my mini cultivator. I planted everything far enough apart so I could use my cultivator to help keep the weeds at bay. Hopefully by this fall I will have some compost from my new coop to start adding a couple times a year.