To get a small jump on your plants
, you can plant
them outside earlier..
If you work up the soil and have the all prepared in the fall, so it's ready to go in the spring
And if it's in a raised bed, they heat up earlier in the North,
*I know how the winter's can be up North*
If you put black landscaping fabric on top of soil, or some see~thru plastic..
~~>The see~thru plastic allows sun thru and starts to cook the soil...
~~~>the black landscape fabric keeps weeds
But if you have some means of planting the tomato plant
earlier by planting the tomato plant
under something like wall~o~water *kinda expensive*, ]
or Juicy Juice Containers,
or Upside down Sterlite Containers,
or one of those zip up the front plastic covered greenhouse
To cover the plant
, keep it out of the elements, and a little bit more warmth earlier in the season...(BUT KEEP A THERMOMETER IN THE AREA, TO SEE TEMPS' INSIDE, SO YOU DON'T BAKE IT)
And if you keep jugs of empty milk cartons' filled with water out in the sun, next to your plants
under those covers, they will hold a bit of heat from the days' sun into the night..
Also, if you add bricks or rocks by the sides too, cause they also hold heat from the days' sun.
And look into COMPOST to feed your plants
Does it naturally, slowly and is fed organically.