I've learned that Spring & Summer Sowing in advance for certain plants that need warmer temps to germinate may be a good way to go for me. It saves me from having to fight damp off and failures in hardening plants off.
I Spring and Summer sowed Torenia, Bay Laurel, and Gardenia and all of them are now indoors and doing great. The Torenia, I put it in the ground, but dug it up because it was taking a long time to bloom, but it's indoors and blooming now, so I'm going to nurse it over the winter for next growing season, along with the other two.
It's a lot easier for me to deal with keeping a larger seedling/plant healthy, than trying to save tiny seedlings.
Outdoors just seems to be the ideal place for me to start seeds (they get heat, air circulation, and water-- and less interference from me).