Gardening/planting nobody gets it right the first time. Don't get discouraged. A tip I can give for mini farming on your property is that you should only dig when the soil is reasonably dry [never when wet.] Also save some space by sowing two different crops in a single row...meaning you can mix a slow growing parsnips/carrots with some fast lettuces/radishes. Remember to be patience. Gardening is a relaxing thing to do.