Just a quick post to emphasize that building anything from scratch is tough and often demoralizing. It's easy to forget where you came from and tough to recall how far you've traveled. A couple of photos that help remind me that we've only been here 3 years and it's only been about 2 and change since we began "working the land." Nothing comes overnight - at least, not without a big bag of cash.
If I can get these photos to load, the first is of our "yard" right after we moved in. Everything within 100 feet of the houses was a giant mudpit. We were scavenging rocks to build a rockwall; we'd paid some island con artists a ridiculous amount of money for some dirt with which to build this little front yard, and it all felt pretty overwhelming. The second photo depicts the front yard this past summer, just over 2 years later.
So, yeah, progress happens. Keep the faith. Those baby plants and dwarf-like trees do indeed grow - faster than you might anticipate. Just get good advice and make maps.