I finally got going and sowed seeds for tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and coleus. I'm trying out a new type of seed starting flat that has a capillary mat to keep the soil more evenly moist. We'll see how it works out.
Last year when I bought seeds in January at Walmart, the cashier said she thought it was too early to start seeds outside. I agreed with her. (It would have been too difficult to really explain it all.) She then asked if they really worked! I guess she didn't garden much.
This year, I bought about half of my seeds at Menards (half-price, Burpee brand) and the rest I ordered from Park Seeds. I think I was at Menards just a day or so after they had put up the display, so I had "first pick", so to speak.
I can already taste that first tomato!