When out shopping, look for a bag that says,seed
starting mixture...those have exactly what they need for starting a plant
*no fertilizers in my plain bagged dirt for seeds
, they come with all the "stuff" they need to grow inside the shell of them from when the momma plant
For me personally, I do a mixture of a plain bagged potting soil, compost, and perlite...for an airy consistancy..because I have alot of compost...
and I NEVER water seedlings
from the top...
always from a tray underneath them...
Can I ask what kind of seeds
gave you a problem???
And maybe we can narrow some of it down for you...