The Long Summer, Mild Winter Garden is for gardeners in parts of the country where summers are long and winters are mild without deep frost: USDA zones 8-10, as well as warmer areas of zone 7.
California Trial Garden Manager, Lindsay Del Carlo, laid out this plan.
The Short Summer, Cold Winter Garden is for gardeners in parts of the country where winter starts early and brings hard freezes: USDA zones 3-6 and colder areas of zone 7. Vermont Trial Garden Manager, Jay Leshinsky, laid out this plan.
Note: These plans do not cover areas with extremely hot and intense summers such as Texas and Arizona. Texas gardeners can consult these charts. Others can contact their local Master Gardeners or a good local garden center for advice on timing and crops.