If you plan to garden this year, don't forget to visit WinterSown for free heirloom tomato seeds. All you have to do is browse around the site for a few minutes, take an easy quiz on what you read and saw, then send in a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) with your choice of varieties from a list. They'll send you the seeds (plus a few extra goodies, usually).
Tomatoes are really easy to grow from seeds. All they ask is water (don't let them dry out), light (a South or West window), and a little bit of fertilizer every now and then. When it's nice outside and you haven't had frost for at least two weeks, plant them in the garden about 3-5 feet apart If you plant them deeply, they'll grow extra roots on their buried stems.
The sweet, fresh taste of heirloom tomatoes is totally worth it. I recommend the Black Krim, but there are at least 20 varieties from which to choose. You'll be glad you did.
Picture courtesy Burpee.com.