What kind of soil do I start my seed in? Can I use regular potting soil, compost, or garden soil?
Use a mix labeled for seed starting or germination for best results. It will be fine-textured, having been screened to eliminate big bits, as many seeds are small. Oftentimes general-purpose potting soils (such as you’d use for houseplants or annuals in outdoor containers in summer) may include bark and other coarse-textured materials that aren’t great for encouraging seeds to push up through the surface.