Hello! Help, please!

Hello! Help, please!

Long time member, first time poster. First off, hello to everyone! I've really enjoyed this community despite not actually having a garden or growing anything, lol. All your wonderful posts and pictures have had me really looking forward to the day I can get my hands dirty and dig in (pun intended). The thing is, because of our living situation (currently renting a house but due to move out sometime late this coming summer), I didn't want to put in all the time, effort, and money domesticating the wild backyard to make it fit for a garden. So when my boyfriend suggested starting one, I counter suggested with the idea of doing a planter garden, that way, when we do move, we can take it with us. I have, however, some questions. 1) We probably won't be able to start until mid-April. I live in Zone 8a (Sacramento, California). Would mid-April be too late to start growing anything? 2) I'd like to plant some vegetables (i.e. tomatoes, carrots, peppers, herbs)-- would it be too late to start these? 3) I'd also like to grow some flowers-- any ideas on what would do well in containers? Varieties that aren't too difficult to care for? Thanks in advance for all your ideas, answers, and suggestions! Anything will help. :)
In Search of Spring!

In Search of Spring!

My Vintage Bliss

My Vintage Bliss

garden pictures

garden pictures

Anyone know what this flower is???

Anyone know what this flower is???

The garden – part of

The garden – part of

Easter Lily bulbs

Easter Lily bulbs