If you’re like many gardeners, you start perusing seed catalogs and dreaming of garden-grown tomatoes and peppers in early February or before. In fact, long before it’s safe to plant these frost-tender vegetables. Unless, of course, you trick Mother Nature by manipulating growing conditions.
Through a few simple gardening strategies, you can safely plant tomatoes and peppers several weeks before the last expected frost. This early start is especially helpful if you live in an area with short growing seasons, where tomatoes may not ripen before the first fall frost.