I don't have a green thumb, but if there's one thing that three seasons of random October hailstorms and pathetic little watery tomatoes have taught me--I have got to get a jump on Momma Nature this year. I've had terrible luck with growing my own starters, from herbs to peppers. I think our late spring and early summer weather is just too unpredictable for some backyard crops to bulk up before the big heat. Again, I have no idea what I'm talking about, and-OK-I'm talking about hard for weekend gardeners like me. So this year, I'm buying starter 'maters from the West Seattle Sunday market. They are already knee high, hearty enough for the ground or a giant pot on the balcony, and will produce by Labor Day. Please Momma Nature, don't take my Brandywine's from me this year.
Find loads of veggie and herb starters at the farmers' market near you through mid June.