Is sterilized soil necessary?
For the past few years I've used old potting soil mixed with some compost I make for starting my veggie seeds. I've used a combination of plastic cups with holes in the bottom for drainage to old 6 or 9 plant trays the stores sell their seedlings in. I sort of like the "do it yourself from what you have scrounged" approach.
I have read that sterilized soil is better or almost mandatory. This year I'm also looking to simplify things. I have read mixed reviews of the Jiffy starter kits but they seem economical. I'm thinking of using them and just throw my old potting soil and compost into the garden for the growing phase. Comments?