Posted: 03/05/2013 at 06:26
Definetely get rid of the brambles before you think about planting anything. When you're buying tools - e.g. spade (you'll definetely need one), go for quality over price, it will pay off in the long run.
Apart from clearing and sorting out the junk - Bob Flowerdew would probably find a use for most of it I'd personally sit back and watch the garden through the seasons for a year. The brambles and the junk clearing will probably take up that time anyway. Look for aspect (N S E W - facing), soil type (acid, alkaline, sandy, clay) - look at local gardens to help you with this, what grows in theirs. This will help you think and plan what you want (and can) grow.