Beginning gardener

Beginning gardener

Hi all, I haven't posted in a while, but I've been thinking a bit about my garden even though winter is in full swing here. I'm in zone 5a according to the map I consulted. When should I start planning my vegetable garden, and ordering seeds and generally getting things started? Part of me is flailing and thinking I should have everything ordered in January so that I can start my seeds and so forth in time, but am I being silly and premature? Thoughts?
Happy Independence Day, American Gardeners!

Happy Independence Day, American Gardeners!

Flower ID?

Flower ID?

My 2.5 pound Brandywine Tomato from this year…

My 2.5 pound Brandywine Tomato from this year…

help

help

NEW DORM – REARRANGED

NEW DORM – REARRANGED

Terrible happening ~ look what I just found…

Terrible happening ~ look what I just found…