County Gardeners Extension Express
Starting your own transplants from seeds can be a lot of fun and is probably much easier than you might imagine. In many situations, one or two propagation flats for growing transplants are enough to stock the vegetable garden with nearly all the vegetables a small family will need. All the "stuff" you need to get started may be found at your local garden center.
There are many types of containers that can be used to start seeds. Egg cartons, plastic food containers, Styrofoam cups, etc. My favorite is a small, rectangular tray that comes complete with a plastic lid and compressed soil pellets. This package sells for less than seven dollars. The tray holds the pellets that substitute for loose soil. The clear plastic lid is used to maintain a moist environment, retain heat and protect young seedlings from the wind. The tray is designed