2017 was a productive year for me. I moved into my new home, and started planting. I learned about mycelium, and mulch as a soil builder. (I didn't know much about mulching before, but I'm duly impressed now, and will be doing as much of it as I can to build soil.) I learned a lot from watching YouTube, and from planting and observing. I put in two fruit trees from a local nursery, several berry bushes, and five bareroot fruit trees. I've learned I don't need to till the ground for growing things, that a shovel and lots of mulch is a good choice (and perfectly manageable in small amounts).
I also read a lot of books: books about homesteading, gardening, earthbag and straw building design (wishful thinking, but still interesting!), as well as two books about bees by Sue Hubbell, a book about blueberry farming, One-Straw Revolution, and The Hidden Life of Trees. YouTube has been incredibly instructive, since there's a lot of great (free) permaculture content on there, and it's helpful to see how things work rather than just reading descriptions. Much easier for me to learn practical tips when I can watch a demonstration, as well as inspiring to see what others have accomplished.
I have lots of plans for 2018, but will take things as they come to a certain extent. Growing veggies (mostly from Rareseeds.com), nurturing the perennial fruits (and putting in a few more bushes and trees, including the Flying Dragon citrus tree currently residing on a windowsill) are all on the goal list. I also plan to put in some non-food trees around the edges of the property, and flowering bushes for the bees. Wishlist includes a rain harvesting barrel system.
Overall it was amazing what I could accomplish even without having a ton of strength or energy, just by pacing myself and doing things in a thoughtful manner (so I wasn't wasting valuable energy or resources). I definitely don't think I need heavy machinery of any sort to create great things in this small space. Even the mower is human powered, and someday will hopefully be needed only for a few pathways.