I decided a few months ago that this spring was going to be the spring that I try gardening for real. It's a little complicated, because for one, I live in an apartment (but you guys make that seem so easy.) And two, I have to really concentrate to keep my jade plant alive. I meant to get organized and ready for it so I'd be good to go, which I'm pretty sure (please correct me if I'm wrong) means that I would have had to start the seeds inside first, and then replant them outside once the weather got warm enough. In Michigan, we just had Mother Nature's equivalent of a Tilt-a-Whirl. For the past three weeks, we've gone from freezing temperatures to high 40's and 50's and then back down again. I think it's finally broken now, (IhopeIhopeIhope) and would like to see about getting started. I'd like to grow banana peppers, squash, and tomatoes. We don't eat tomatoes, but we do eat a lot of spaghetti, so I was thinking I could use the tomatoes to make a good pasta sauce and jar it up. So I guess I've got a few questions for you lovely folks. 1. Can I still start from seeds, or should I get the baby plants? 2. Can I just grow them in the round planters, or should I get something special? 3. Is it downright laughable to think that I'll get anywhere near as many tomatoes as I'd need for spaghetti sauce? I'd be okay with like, three jars, I think. And, of course, the requisite plea for tips for this possibly black-thumbed beginner? I'm in zone 6, fwiw. Thank you!