We're moving from the Gulf Coast of Louisiana to Southern Illinois (Carbondale area) probably around mid-May. I am completely clueless on planting times and such for that area, and hope to find out more on a visit we're making later this week. Although I want to give the yard a year to see what's actually there, how things grow, the weather, etc., I would like to plant a few things - some tomatoes, cukes, nothing major. Is it too late to start these things if I start them there? Should I start from seed here (I'd like to use heirloom varieties, not nursery seedlings) and just transport them with us and transplant them when we get there? Or just hold out and wait until next year? Down here, we plant tomatoes early, start giving up on them in July, and have a second run with them in the fall. I'm thinking that *won't* be the case up there, but I do know that a farther north living friend is jealous because supposedly I'll be living in ideal planting country. I'm just clueless! Help!