Our new patch - weeds covered with a thick layer of manure, then covered to kill off weeds ready for next season. One strip prepared for sowing this year - using the 'no-dig' method.
We have done this for a year now, and it seems to be working. Last years crop was excellent. It has also been lovely this year to take off our covers to find the soil ready to plant without the labour intensive deep digging that we have done in previous years. Weed growth did seem to be less too last season, an added bonus of only minimally disturbing the soils eco-system. Learning to use a hoe was the best thing we did last year. It made weeding so easy and even pleasurable!
We do try to rotate our crops from year to year too and I keep a diary of what was planted where each year to facilitate planning.
What will you grow? No space, then do what you can. Herbs grow well on windowsills and we are finding we are using far more fresh herbs than ever to flavour our food on the GAPS diet. Tomatoes will grow well on balconies or decking as long as they have plenty of sun. Blueberries will grow happily in containers, as will strawberries. Allotments are great if you can afford one and it is near enough to travel to frequently during the growing season. We seem to be very fortunate to live in an area where the allotments are very cheap (£28 for the year - or £14 for a half plot).
If you are just starting out then grow reliable crops. Onions have always done well for us, as have beetroots and runner beans, without much overseeing, although beans need a lot of watering. Brassicas (the cabbage family) tend to need more care and protection from caterpillars and can just be that bit trickier to succeed with. Grow the things you will eat lots of. Squash, leeks and spring onions are new to us so a bit of an experiment.
We have tried peas, but you need a lot of plants to produce a meals worth! Raspberries, strawberries and rhubarb will just come up every year and just appreciate a bit of manure each season, and clearing/pruning at the end. Of course fruit trees are easy as long as you don't let them get too big and unmanageable.
If you haven't started planting, then don't panic.. there is still time. Choose carefully. It is generally cheaper to grow your own from seed, although if you only want a few plants of each sort, then it may be better to go to a garden centre and buy them ready started as small plants.
Our original patch with some onions already growing well. Three weeks ago this ground was too wet to dig and plant, being heavy clay. Now it is very dry and hard to dig! But clay is good as it retains its nutrients.