For beginners, cultivating a garden typically involves frequent trips to the local nursery. Sooner or later, though, you're likely to discover the virtues of starting plants from seed. For one, it’s a whole lot cheaper to do so, since packets of seeds cost next to nothing. For another, there's the fact growing from seed gives you the chance to grow varieties not always stocked in stores. Of course, while germination can be a unpredictable process a lot of times, the Germination Station from Hydrofarm puts you in full control. You supply the dirt, and the incubator provides all the rest—namely, the warm, humid conditions critical for seed-starting success. Available at Amazon; $34.99.