Seriously, I don't know why I ever waste my time trying to start seeds indoors, when they rarely turn out as healthy as the plants that are winter sowed. These tomato plants did so well in their mini-greenhouses.
January. Not only did they germinate, they are so big and healthy!
sow the seed in the winter outdoors, and forget about it until spring. Totally easy and totally awesome. The best part... you don't even have to harden off the seedlings because they have already been exposed to the outdoors. Awesome!!