I purchase my seeds from :
A good quality "seed raising mix" is essential for good germination and although there are many recipes out there to make your own I still purchase SEARLES in larger quantity bags which I find extremely economical.
Seeds can be planted in any containers that you have on hand. Egg cartons, old butter or yoghurt containers, the bottom of cardboard milk cartons, anything really that you can puncture some drain holes in the bottom of and that will hold the seed raising mix. A "Yates" propagating tray and lid is another piece of equipment that I use all the time as well. The lid reduces airflow and allows the soil to retain moisture until the seeds germinate. Many other recycled objects, such as softdrink bottles and other plastic containers, can be used for this purpose but if you are going to be germinating a lot of seeds, investing in a proper set up is well worth the money.
I do, however, use an old softdrink bottle as my watering device. I have used a very small drill bit and drilled holes in the lid. This allows a very fine shower of water to moisten the potting soil very gently without disturbing the newly planted seed.
Once you have gathered all the necessary equipment you are now ready to start planting.