I started my tomato, pepper, and broccoli seeds last weekend. I learned from trial and error (mainly error) the best way to start seeds is to let them soak up water from the bottom. The seed starting soil is so fine when you water from the top the dirt and seeds get moved around. Anyway I like to use left over aluminum casserole dishes from Christmas time. I poke holes in the bottom fill it with dirt and then plant my seeds. I use baking sheets I found at the Thrift store under the casserole pan to hold the water. Next weekend my girls and I will make a ton of newspaper pots and fill with organic potting soil to put the individual plants in when they get a little bigger.