seed planting and propagation
seedling propagation
advantages of growing your own seedlings

why grow your own seedlings?
Given that all vegetables can be grown directly from seed why grow and plant your own seedlings?  The answer can be summarised by the acronym PEAT.

Protection
It's easier to protect seedlings form pests because they are concentrated in seedling trays and are mobile, meaning they can be moved to another site if pests are eating the seedlings

Environment
Easier to control the soil quality (high quality seed raising mix) and heating/cooling (both with glass/plastic domes) and artificial heating devices.

Accuracy
You can place seedlings precisely where you want them instead on the somewhat hit and miss method of sowing directly into a garden bed.

Turnover
While a crop in the ground is maturing you can be already growing the next crop in as seedlings.  Once the crop in the ground is harvested and manured you can immediately plant your seedlings that have already had four weeks growth, thus reducing the turnover time (the time from planting through to harvest and then making the bed ready for the next planting) by around four weeks.