TIP #1 - It is that time of year and the snow is starting to melt and I am itching to get out and dig in the dirt. Well not just yet - the ground is still frozen so I am starting seeds in the kitchen and greenhouse. Sucessfully starting seeds indoors requires light and heat so that they think it is May. We hang florescent lights that are 2-inches from the top of the trays. Jeff also uses bottom heat (we use a mat) so that the soil temperture is 68 to 70oF. You can get these at most garden supply centers or at Johnny's Seed. We keep a water spray bottle and soak 2 to 3 times a day. No fertilizer until you get at least the second set of leaves. Good luck!
TIP #2 - think about joining your local herb or garden club. Make sure that they are a fun group who likes to take trips and eat. You will learn alot and make wonderful new friends!
TIP#3 - Inventory supplies and tools and plan the layout of your garden.