It actually is pretty stupidly dead simple. Buy seeds, find/make a starter, plant, give light, and wait.
I probably should’ve started some of my seeds earlier, based on the incredible seedlings I’m already seeing in garden stores, but I waited until early March to get moving. I like to keep things pretty simple because I’m no plant guru, so I just went ahead and bought two Burpee seed start kits at Lowe’s ($19.99).
Any dummy can figure their way around these things, and I love how compact (and reusable!) they are. Most appealing, I was going to be out of town for a week and a half, so the self-watering aspect was the most attractive bit to me.
Last year, my seed starts were pretty diverse and I had trouble staying organized, so I’m going to stagger plantings this time around. I decided to do one container of tomatoes/tomatillos and another container of spinach, broccoli, and cauliflower.
The trays come with covers to keep things moist. I bought the grow light off of Amazon last year. If you have sufficient light in your house, just use a window. But we live in a cave, so I resort to this. And then you wait.
PS: I bought a little $5 timer at the hardware store to cycle the lights on and off at 12-hour intervals because I’ve learned the hard way that it can be really hard to find reliable plant babysitters sometimes…