Last year I had woeful luck starting tomatoes and chillies from seed. I used crap potting mix and didn't water them enough so multiple generations died and I had to go with seedlings. This year I'm using good quality propagation mix and I know a lot more about how to take care of the sprouts. Plus I tried a new planting method; I put my seeds between layers of wet paper towel. That way I have better control over planting depth and I don't have to worry as much about the seeds moving around when I water. We'll see if it's a help or a hindrance.
I've planted some marigolds using the same method, half with paper towel and half without. They should germinate quite quickly so I'll soon have an idea if the method is a complete disaster. In the meantime that hopefully means I'll have marigolds in the garden withing a month or two. I do love the bright, cheerful marigolds and I was sad when they died off in the cold. With my luck we'll get another cold snap and the baby marigolds will die off!