IT'S TIME to start tomatoes for the early Spring garden. We calculate six weeks before the last expected frost date (March 15th), and start seeds indoors to take advantage of a warm growing period to mature and strengthen the plants before they go outside in the garden. The seed pods are resting on a heating pad in the window to keep them well lit and warm during this start-up period. Then, when it warms up outdoors, we can transplant well-established seedings in the ground so they will bear fruit all summer and well into the fall -- before next winter's cool down. We love those tomatoes!