Dan Boone wrote:The tomatoes, though -- that should be totally doable. In zone 3 Alaska there are 50-60 day varieties like Early Tanana; although that's a regional variety originally developed by the local land grant university, I can't imagine Canada doesn't have similar short-season varietals available.
Dan Boone wrote:If you're having trouble getting everything done right at first, consider cloches (little individual greenhouses) for the seedlings when they first come up.
The Europeans used to make these very expensively out of heavy blown glass -- like cake covers only bigger. But plastic soda bottles with the bottom cut off work pretty good too when stuff is small. You have to monitor closely -- it's easy to scorch things as the weather warms up -- but you can give your little plants quite a boost this way.
Just about any transparent or translucent item of plastic or glass -- the bigger the better, ideally but not necessarily with venting at the top -- can be pressed into service as a cloche.