Then I followed the directions that came with the Jiffy kits. I put them in a warm place out of direct sunlight with the lid on mostly until they sprouted, then had the lid cracked but still on for a while until the plants got taller, then took the lid off completely. I've put them in a window that gets morning sun now, and they've spent time outside also. Here are the little tomato plants at about 3 weeks old. These are actually the 9 year old ones. They've done pretty well. The 9 year old onions and peppers have not done well.The tomatoes have done so well, that they needed to be transplanted to bigger pots, and being the cheap frugal gal that I am, I opted for these FREE pots out of newspaper that the gals at Food Storage Made Easy demonstrated so well. My cup was not so easy to work with as theirs, but still turned out some fine cheap newspaper pots to put my little tomatoes in. And yeah, I buried them as deep as I could in the new pots. Apparently they will grow roots along the buried stem and be stronger, healthier, happier big tomato plants. (If you look real close, you can read small town USA news on my pot.)
I'm keeping them indoors for a couple more weeks until I'm sure it won't freeze again since I don't want to risk having them DIE after all the work I've put into them! Then I'd have to go to the greenhouse and buy tomato plants and not be able to play around with collecting the seeds this fall. That would be a bummer.
I also got a very cool book in the mail yesterday on growing and harvesting non-hybrid seeds called Seed to Seed. It is fantastically in depth--I got to spend some time with it today while in the doctor's waiting room. It covers every plant you could possibly want to grow in your garden (3/4 of them I've never even heard of) and how to plant, grow, and harvest seed from each of them. Pictures included, along with loads of information. Definitely recommended.