you might want to first analyze what you really use and would use if you grew it..whether it be a food crop or for firewood
, animal fodder, basketry or whatever..
make an extensive list..to help you do this go to a few garden catalogs or books
and go a to z (or whatever your alphabet), and make a list of what items you would really love to grow.
then find out if they 'll grow in your climate..i eat bananas but can't grow them in Michigan USA
then also find out about expense costs..if something is cheaper right now to buy than to grow, look at the things that cost you more to buy and would be easy to grow in your zones/climate,.
then also look at permanence..fruit trees
, perennial crops like asparagus, rhubarb, etc, should always go in first if they are something you use, as well as berries, vines..etc.
plan those permanent areas well as they will be with you for a long time.
put your things in an order that will make sense..say if you are walking the path to your garden, you might want a compost pile closeby to throw in garden waste, and or chickens
or other animal pens close enough to toss things over the fence
to them, and also be able to toss the manure into the close by compost pile, etc..
it is likely in your climate that things that you'll want to et in soon are potatoes and greens as these are pretty basic in northern areas, also other root
crops if you use them such as carrots, beets, and your cole crops if you use them..hyou should still have time to work on areas for tender crops after that.
if you can purchase soil in bags yhou can start planting right in them until you can get the rest of the garden area cleared for growing, check out the mother earth site online as theyh had an article about growing in bags in last months magazine
bags can be set right on the grass..slashed on the bottom and top cut off to plant.
water should also be easily available to the house, garden and also to the animals