Winter in Israel is coming to it's end and it's time to start to germinate seeds. I'm talking about tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and so on. I remember last year I either put them in small pots, which wasn't very successful because the pots stayed inside the house and the water just didn't "dry". Or the other option was putting a wet napkin on a plate, putting the seeds on the napkin, closing the plate in a bag, and putting it on a heated area. The problem with this one is when the seeds germinate it's hard to remove them from the napkin without damaging them. The last option was crystal balls, but from what I understand it's suggested not to grow eatables in them, but only like flowers and other ornamental plants.
So, how do you germinate your seeds? Be specific and illustrative please.