These are tomato seedlings; they germinated overnight. I purchased this seed tray at Home Depot, and I like it. When it's time to put them in the garden, I can plant the whole pot.
The pepper seeds I planted the same day aren't showing signs of life yet, but I'm sure in the next day or two they'll rise to the occasion. This is the Walmart seed-starting greenhouse. This will be the third year I've used one of these, so obviously I like it. When it's time to transplant, the little peat bundle lifts right out. This is the cheapest greenhouse I've used, by far. You can also buy replacement peat pellets and use the same tray next year. Win/win.
The lettuce seeds I planted in the garden over three weeks ago were waiting for a day of sunshine with temperatures in the 60's. While Cliff and I were enjoying a motorcycle ride to Chillicothe, tiny lettuce seedlings peeked through the topsoil.
Yesterday I started "hardening off" the cabbage plants that have been residing in the house. I'll leave them out a little longer each day and hopefully set them out by next weekend. This seed-starter tray is from Home Depot, and I don't really care for it. The soil that came with it is loose inside each little plastic pot, and I'm not sure how I'll go about removing them when it's time to plant them. I may use a spoon or something. Even when wet, the soil is very loose.
Oh, and check out this link from The Old Farmer's Almanac that tells how to have an herb garden in a bag. Click HERE. Looks pretty much foolproof, and would be great for a city gardener with little space.