The next step in your seed starting journey is coming up with a medium in which to plant them.
Seeds will germinate on a wet paper towel just fine, but they won’t make it a whole lot further without a good seed starting mix. You can certainly just go out and bring in a bucketful of your regular soil, but in all likelihood, that’s gonna be a little on the heavy, dense side. I’m not suggesting that it won’t work; if you want to give it a shot, go ahead, and you’ll probably get some kind of results.
But ideally, your delicate little seeds would prefer something on the lighter side, something that holds water and warmth, but also drains very well – one of the biggest causes of dead seedlings is too much wet, not enough dry. So to reach that ideal combination, I’m going to show you how I make my own seed starting mix. Sure, you can buy those little bags from your local nursery, but they don’t stretch very far (really, you’d be surprised at how quickly a 2 quart bag is gone), and they’re a lot more expensive. And I like cheap.