For the past 8 years I've planted an array of vegetables in 4 mid-sized beds. Rather than plow up one large plot, I opted for variety for added visual interest. I painstakingly plan the beds keeping in mind crop rotations, space requirements and design.
As the plants grow, I'm always amazed. I put these tiny little brown seeds in the ground, wait 7 - 10 days, and voila! I have green seedlings.