I have spent the last 3-4 years seriously re-doing our landscaping. We planted a garden when we bought this home, & some fruit trees as well. Some are doing well, others not so much, & the steers over the back fence have taken out a few. It's more a journey than a one year project, butit saves more money every year you do it. When I started, I guessed howmany onion to plant ( 1 bag of starts - now I do 2), how many tomato plants ( 2 - not enough), and I planted 5 bags of green beans ( too many - 2 bags is plenty). Time will tell.
Last summer I enlarged the strawberry bed & used the runners (pinned into starter pots & watered) to plant the extension.
I just purchased 2 more of 4 blueberry plants for this year, of 3 varieties. Last year I planted these 3 varieties after studying the amount of acidity needed in the soil (we have very alkaline soil) & trying to acidify the soil, & all three grew decently. Since they grew, I prepped a "blueberry bed" along part of the perimeter fence, & that is where the new plants will go this year. I collected spent Christmas trees from the curb & cut them up to acidify the soil in the bed. It was free & worked great.
I have been watching what we use from the garden, & making sure I have sufficient jars & freezer containers to utilize the "fruits of our labors". Green beans & tomato sauce are big at our house & get used a lot. Bottled carrots are nice in stew, & I also bottle a summer squash mix in tomato sauce, with a few onions that bakes nicely over chicken or pork chops in the oven. The garden isn't large enough to do potatoes, but onions go nicely in between a lot of other things, & what we don't use fresh, I dehydrate or bottle. We use a lot of onions in stews, eggs, chili, etc.
I put herbs in the flower beds. They look nice there & it saves room in the garden.
One of the things I like best about growing our own food is the absence of recalls - we know what went into the food, & how it was handled.
Since DH is celiac, and must eat gluten-free, along with one daughter & one granddaughter, and another grandchild is violently allergic to peanuts, soy & tree nuts, and yet another is allergic only to the tree nuts, it is very helpful to be able to create meals without any of those additives. It seems like they put soy lecithin in almost everything these days.