Hi = I am in Northern CA
also and this last spring
was my first gardening adventure. My advice (as a beginner) is to have fun. Pick out your garden space, see if you can work out a rough plan of what you want to plant and where. Get some seeds
and give it a try. You can make it as simple or complicated as you want. I did lots of research before I got going. You still have time to do some reading if you want.
I try to read a little every day, in books or on the internet, about what I am growing
, or planting or what I can do to make my garden better.
As you get a plan together, I would post lots of questions here. There are lots of knowledgeable people here in the forum who can help.
Good luck and have fun!