Your growing zone
will be fine for growing
And as for the totes, I would get at least 4 totes...
You have to have some kind of drainage in those totes though, so you have to drill holes in the bottom of it, in several places so no water sits.
And put them in a square or retangle shape, real close to each other..on the ground..
Then fill it with soil/dirt/compost....
You can probably get about 2 rows, on either side of the tote, and 4 or 5 in a row..
*so that might make it about 8 or 10 stalks per tote.. and with 4 totes, that would make about 32 or 40*ish* pre the 4 totes total..
What are considered cold crops?
Cold crops are like Cabbage, Peas, Kohlrabi,
Rutabaga, Cabbages, Broccoli, and Cauliflower... Gosh, I guess even Rhubarb can be considered a cold crop too...
I'm not 100% sure what compost is or how to come about it. But one reason I'm not fooling too much with my ground would be because I'm renting.
Compost is taking kitchen scrap's, dead debris from the garden, like old corn stalks, or pea vines, or dead stalks from prennials, or annuals.. and grass clippings... all mixed together, and they heat up and render down and become a very rich nutritious dirt like consistancy, that you can add to not so fertile soil that will help break it up or loosen it up..
~~~>and if you're renting, you can still do compost in a garbage can with holes, set up on poles to be able to spin.. or by a purchased bin called a compost tumbler *if Google that you should find some pictures of what they look like and are moveable and transportable if you rent and leave that place to go to another..
"CORN IS A HEAVY FEEDER!!!!" What dat mean? Grow some edible peas' up the base of the stalks??? Well, I don't know how this will all work but I'll post it!
Corn really needs alot of fertilizers during it's growing
period to produce it's ears of corn... (lot's of nitrogen.. if you purchase a fertilizer, that would be the first number of the 3 numbers like a 20~8~6..or 10~10~10...)growing
edible peas up the stalks of the corn, will help the CORN, *not so much the pea* but pea's or legumes put nitrogen back into the soil.. so, if you have a heavy feeder that plant
will love the extra nitro in the soil...
I remember how Grandpa and I would sit on the steps of his porch just talking and shucking corn. Lol, to this day, shucking corn actually relaxes me; I find it to be very calming. Through the years as I was growing up, I always admired his work in his gardens ...Though, I never did ask him how he did it. Now it's too late. I regret that so much.
Both my parents and grandparents gardened..
*and to be honest, I wasn't all that interested in gardening until I was about 14 or 15, when I planted my first zinnia seeds