Not sure what i would do down your way as your winters are colder.... the only thing i could suggest is probably sowing legumes as a cover crop and as a source of composting material for the spring planting.
Are you moving to acerage or suburbia? i find autumn and winter the safest months to plant fruit trees also.... if you have a good landlord he may let you use the council voucher for free trees(our council offer 2 plants per year) and get some bush food plants. If thats a goer i would get to know your neighbours and see if they use theirs.... a great way to say hi to them as well.
Good luck.... and stay warm ???
Township of Boonah (pop 3,000)
2.7 acres of gently sloping volcanic soil
"Progress is a spiral; the pendulum swings back as well as forward. The new postindustrial world, for which many of us are striving, will see an ecological renaissance".... Rober Hart