If I started over I would begin with a read of Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway. I would then map my property on a topographic map to verify surveyed contour and the ovelay my garden plans on that. The design would be a south facing U-shaped sun trap with swales on contours. I did not start that way but I am moving towards that design.
Geoff Lawton of Australia has some of the best video examples of gardening in any and every climate. You have to register your email but they’re worth it! http://www.geofflawton.com/sq/15449-geoff-lawton Geoff has helped me really understand and benefit from swales.
These are my swales
and this fellow has some good shows of gardens all over America. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUnFheTbVpASikm0YPb8pSw
I now concentrate on what we actually like to eat that are perennials. I have berries of every type, fruit trees, asparagus, horseradish, and then I throw in a whole bunch annual flowers and vegetables. I’m gearing up the green room for hundreds of plants that I’ll start from seed. All this on less than 2,00 square feet.