Kale? You betcha.
Tomatoes? Are you out of your mind?
Look, I"m going to say this and I'm going to say this once: IT'S TOO EARLY TO PLANT TOMATOES.
This is Minnesota, people A place where snow is not uncommon -- in May. Where the average last frost date is mid-May, for the Twin Cities. Later, up north.
I know it's supposed to be really nice this week and maybe even this weekend. But what about next week? And the week after that? Can you guarantee your tomato plants temps about 50? I didn't think so. . .
Tomatoes, along with their pals pepper, are tropical plants. That means they don't like cold. They like frost even less.
There are plenty of things you can plant now -- risk free: radishes, and leaf lettuce and spinach and carrots and kohlrabi. They like the cold, or, like Iowans, they don't mind it. If the temps take a dive, they'll just hunker down and wait for the weather to warm.
Tomatoes and peppers, though, can get stunted, lose leaves, even be killed by a frost.
So, if you just gotta jump the gun on something, plant some kale. (Everybody loves kale, right?) Fertilize your lawn. (It's a little early, but the grass is growing actively.) Or how about planting some pansies? A pot of those smiley faced flowers will last way beyond what I consider the Unofficial Official Safe Date for Tomatoes: Memorial Day!