This spring we plan on planting a nice little fruit and vegetable garden. We are in Zone 4. Here are the things we want to plant. Contender (Peaches) Late Frosts No Problem! For top-quality crops in any region. Excellent cold hardiness and tolerance to late-spring frosts make Contender superb for Northern growers. Marvelously melting, sweet yellow flesh. Extra-juicy freestone fruit ripens in mid August. Self-pollinating. Zones 4-8. ^ Looking to plant 1-2 semi-dwarf trees. Directions say 12-14 feet apart. ^ Honeysweet Luscious Flavor, Self-Pollinating Super-sweet "sugar-type" pear with a rich, spicy flavor and exceptional quality. One of the few that is self-pollinating--does not need another variety for good fruiting. Keeps well in storage. Ripens late August. Zones 4-7. ^ Looking to plant 1-2 semi-dwarf trees. Directions say 10-12 feet apart. ^ Gurney's Giant Hybrid Early Jumbo Melon Our best-selling cantaloupe! Compact vines produce 4-5 fruits up to 18lbs apiece. Ripens in early August--a week before most really large melons. Deep orange flesh is extra sweet, with a high ratio of flesh to seeds. 80 DAYS. OR Athena Hybrid A Favorite Across the U.S.! Highest quality, 5- to 6-lb. fruits have outstanding flavor and aroma. Firm, salmon-colored flesh holds well after harvest. Vigorous, high-yielding plants. You won't be disappointed! 75 DAYS. ^ Which one would you pick, and why? Also, I never have much luck with seeds... any pointers for starting these? ^ Sangria Hybrid (Watermelon) The Gold Standard of Allsweet Melons Sets the bar for eating quality in the Allsweet melon type market! Even sweeter than the Crimson Sweet, it has high sugars and unsurpassed taste! Disease resistant. Harvests 20- to 23olb. melons for fresh eating, fruit salads or to take to market. 87 DAYS. Early Spring Burpless Hybrid (Cucumber) Big Yields of Bitter-Free Fruit Prolific and early! Creamy-spined dark green fruits, 12-15 in. long. Bright white flesh is extra crisp and mild. 52 DAYS. OR Sweet Success Hybrid Early, Seedless and Acid Free Crisp, mild and easy on the digestion. Its gynoecious (all-female) vines tolerate scab and mosaic virus; produce firm 14-in. fruits (all female). 54 DAYS. ^ Which one would you pick, and why? ^ First Edition Hybrid Developed for Long Storage Delicious, pale golden flesh. Exceptional storage onion. Pink root tolerant. Long day. 105 DAYS. Jumbo Virginia (Peanuts) Early--Matures in the North Exceptional yields of large, plump nuts, delicious for roasting. Needs 4 frost-free months for best results. 120 DAYS. Argonaut Hybrid Butternut (Squash) Outstanding, Sweet Flavor! You'll love Argonaut's honey-sweet flavor and meaty texture; tastes much better than older butternut types like Waltham! Enormous butternut type bright gold fruits are 15 to 27 in. and weigh 30lbs. or more. Will hold up to 8 months in storage. Vigorous vines are easy to grow. 140 DAYS. Improved Gurney Girl II <VFNT> (Tomatoes) Our Customers' All-Time Flavor Favorite Folks tell us they love the taste of this Gurney's exclusive--and the huge yields of 7- to 8-oz. red fruits. Sets the standard for midseason tomatoes. Indeterminate. 72 DAYS. I have a few other questions regarding them. First, how would you plot out a map of where you would plant what, and what are the minimum dimensions (20x20, 50x50 etc.) required. We are looking to have enough harvest to keep our tummies happy from the bounty via fresh and canned goodies for 3-6+ months (family of 4 plus occasional treats for our chickens!). We would also like to have extra to take to the farmer's market to sell. Second, are any of these very hard to maintain? I need to work with plants that don't require *too* much attention through out the season, and could stand me not watering them for a week here and there. I doubt this will be too much of an issue though, as we have a high water table (which made it impossible for us to have a basement), and everything under the sun already grows on our land. Third, how many would you recommend planting of each?