There's no doubt about it - if you want really, healthy, productive plants, you have to give them a good start in life. Warm season crops like peppers, tomatoes and eggplant need to be started indoors. By the time you plant them outside, they should look healthy and vigorous, with dark green, unblemished leaves and thick, upright stems. However, far too many seedlings started indoors look sick and spindly by the time they are transplanted in the garden. Whether they didn't have the sufficient light, space, water or nutrients, leggy seedlings are stressed plants. They may straighten out and produce fruit, but they will be weak as they grow, more susceptible to pests, diseases, drought, or whatever else mother nature throws their way.