Only the diehard gardeners plant tomato seeds. The rest of us must make our annual pilgrimage to the nurseries and pick up tomato plants. We sort through all the rows of plants, looking for that perfect 6 pack of them. We must get there early, before they all get picked through and there is nothing left but tall scraggly ugly ones left. Big mistake! Forget those lush green perfect plants, your better off without them. And for pity sakes, NEVER buy the plants that already have tomatos on them. Buy those tall ugly ones nobody else wants. You might even talk the sellers into letting you have them cheaper. When you go to plant them, dig the hole deep enough to plant the whole plant, with only the top 4 inches above ground. Tomatos are one of the few plants out there that cannot be girdled by burying them up the stem. At every underground junction of a leaf or limb, roots will form. Once planted, nobody can tell that you didn't buy those perfect ones. Even better, yours will have a definite advantage over the rest. Your plants now will have a very deep thick root system at the same time those others are just starting out to develop roots. Once dry weather hits, and it always does, your plants will have the advantage of those deep roots to help them find water.