We don't have anything fancy for starting seeds. We have a starter tray place on a wire shelf that is located by a heat vent. This keeps the soil warm and encourages germination. The lid is kept on to keep the humidity high.
Once the pale, white stems of the fragile sprouts show themselves, the lid is removed and a plant light is placed on them for 8 hours a day.
We have our onions, broccoli, lettuce, kale, and thyme started from February.
Around mid March I plan on sowing peas and radishes directly into the garden and we will transplant the broccoli, lettuce, and kale to the garden. At the end of March we will start our Pumpkin and cucumbers indoors.
I'm really excited about our garden this year. Even if it's not a success, it is certainly fun to try.