seed starter mix

I am new to starting seeds so I am wondering if anyone in the forum has experience making their own seed starter mix, and if it has worked out better than buying a pre-mixed substance. I thought perhaps if the seedlings got a taste of the soil they will actually be growing in, they might do better, so I am not necessarily trying to save money; I'm only going to start 2 or 3 dozen plants anyway - mostly tomatoes and peppers. Chas
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What are you trying to say, when you say,"a taste of the soil"?

See thread in rec.gardens on "A question on planting seeds".
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Thanks for the responses. Sorry I didn't make myself clearer. What I was thinking was to blend up my own seed starter mix using perhaps 1/4 to 1/2 garden soil along with screened sphagnum moss and vermiculite or pearlite. My pseudo-logic being that the seedlings would be better adapted to the soil that they will be transplanted into. I'll check out the article you mentioned. Chas
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I have thrown stuff together before and it worked. I tend to use those fibrous holders and transfer the whole thing to the ground. I am soaking some seeds in water right now seeing how fast that goes. I'm still waiting for seeds to sprout in the basement, been over 4 weeks. Too cold. i didn't soak the seeds as was recommended to me.
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I just use sifted compost that was once hot.
http://tinyurl.com/48snvbf for other options gardening being an art.
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Like most things on the web the details are lacking such as bottom heat or light questions another good reason to query here. Best I think is finding a local that does it.
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