Jump Start Your Seeds: Use these tricks to speed germination, then plant up some pots. Follow this link to read the full article and get links to more seed starting information http://www.finegardening.com/how-to/articles/jump-start-your-seeds.aspx
Start seeds in eggshells... once they sprout you can put them directly in the ground- shell and all. The shell gives extra nutrients to the plant as it breaks down. This site has some good tips on how to get started.