I'm a few hours south of you in the Salinas area and haven't started ANY of my seeds yet, and after the heat this past week I'm really glad I'm a wee bit late
A few weeks ago I did get in a crop of fava beans and a round of Kentucky Wonder beans, only because the seeds would be 3 years old next year so I wouldn't have used them and I figured what the heck, let's see what happens! This summer has been so cool, maybe autumn will be extra warm?
I find beet greens are easier than lettuces for winter eating because they are heartier and don't mind being rained on for weeks at a time. Also, the slugs and snails tend to do less damage or just aren't attracted or something.
Kathy I didn't know you hailed from Santa Cruz! That's very close to us. I wanted to go to a bee class at Love Apple Farm last spring but had just had a baby so it didn't really work out but am looking forward to checking it out this spring! I would LOVE to keep bees.
And thanks Mamato2and2 for that book rec. I added it to my list