There are a couple of ways to start your seeds, by sowing them in a starter pot indoors, or directly sowing them in the ground. Down here, we have a very long growing season, so there really isn't too much of a reason to sow most of my seeds indoors, but for those who live where summer is short, you may want to plant in a starter pot and keep your pots inside until all danger of frost and cold weather has passed.
With my tomatoes and peppers, I plant in pots, then I transplant into my garden, and then plant seeds directly in the ground 2 weeks later, and then again two weeks after that. This way, I harvest more veges over a longer period of time.
The reason why I start my flowers in pots is because we have so many different kinds of weeds here, and many times, flower seedlings look a lot like baby weeds. I can't tell you how many times I've pulled up flowers I had already planted, or young seedlings that were trampled or choked out by other weeds. Really, most flowers ARE weeds, and as I'm easily confused and forgetful, I need all the help I can get. Starter pots for my marigolds and nasturtiums and the like are the way to go.
Of course, all of my herbs I keep in pots, but I'll save that for another time...
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