Hi Melody, I talked with someone recently in my area who says that if you plant pumpkin seeds in the spring you should put the dried seeds in the refrigerator for one month to go through a state of dormancy before putting them in the ground in the spring. I only had one plant last year from all of the seeds that I planted so I hope to have more this coming season to make up for last year.
I was also thinking of purchasing a starter kit for tomatoes to plant them in the container at the end of February or 1st of March. Do I still have plenty of time for the plant to grow enough before transplanting them to the garden when they are big enough to be transplanted.
Count back from your expected last frost date. Tomato seed should be planted between 6 and 8 weeks from setting in your garden. You're not really gaining much by planting them earlier. My last frost date is around the 15th of April so I don't start my tomato seed until the last week of February. Living indoors stresses the plants and so don't keep them under lights for any longer than you have to.