I am in zone 7a, but just barely. You can check your zone here: http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/InteractiveMap.aspx
I then went and checked when I could plant here:
Here are my dates:
|Crop||Start Seeds Indoors||Moon-favorable Dates||Start Seeds in the Ground||Moon-favorable Dates|
|Beans||Apr 13-27||Apr 13-25|
|Beets||Mar 23-May 4||Mar 28-Apr 9|
|Broccoli||Feb 15-Mar 1||Feb 15-25||Mar 23-30||Mar 23-27|
|Brussels sprouts||Feb 15-Mar 1||Feb 15-25|
|Cabbage||Feb 15-Mar 1||Feb 15-25||Apr 6-20||Apr 10-20|
|Carrots||Mar 8-23||Mar 8- 9|
|Cauliflower||Feb 15-Mar 1||Feb 15-25||Apr 6-20||Apr 10-20|
|Celery||Feb 15-Mar 1||Feb 15-25|
|Corn||Apr 27-May 4|
|Cucumbers||Mar 16-30||Mar 16-27||Apr 20-27||Apr 20-25|
|Lettuce||Mar 1-16||Mar 11-16||Apr 6-27||Apr 10-25|
|Melons||Mar 16-30||Mar 16-27||Apr 27-May 4|
|Onion sets||Mar 16-23|
|Parsnips||Mar 23-Apr 13||Mar 28-Apr 9|
|Peas||Mar 1-16||Mar 11-16|
|Peppers||Feb 15-Mar 1||Feb 15-25|
|Potato tubers||Apr 13-27||Apr 26-27|
|Pumpkins||Mar 16-30||Mar 16-27||Apr 20-27||Apr 20-25|
|Radishes||Apr 6-20||Apr 6- 9|
|Spinach||Mar 1-16||Mar 11-16|
|Squash, summer||Mar 16-30||Mar 16-27||Apr 20-27||Apr 20-25|
|Squash, winter||Mar 16-30||Mar 16-27||Apr 20-27||Apr 20-25|
|Tomatoes||Feb 15-Mar 1||Feb 15-25|
We are leaving our animals on our garden area over the winter in hopes that they will fertilize the land. Maybe we won't have to add as much compost to the area.
These are my favorite sites for seeds-
All time fav is : http://www.seedsavers.org/- they are trying to do it right, and draw from a huge number of members that have old time favorites.
http://www.johnnyseeds.com/ has a lot of information on the plants themselves. I really appreciate the extra information.
http://www.territorialseed.com/ another great site for good quality seeds
You need to watch carefully to make sure you are not getting GMO seeds. I am choosing not to grow corn this year, because I live in the middle of corn fields and I do not want cross pollination between GMO seeds and mine.
Another thing we are considering is how to keep pests from eating on our plants, and what kind of fertilizers we can choose that will benefit the plants but keep harmful chemicals from our plates.
The kids have suggested we get guinea keets to help keep the bugs at bay. I think this might be a good solution but they also make a bunch of noise all day long. Think of them as the burglar alarm for your farm. They let you know if anything is out of place!
Do you have any great seed places you buy from each year?