Yesterday, I pre-soaked Purple Basil and Italian Parsley seeds by placing the seeds in a wet paper towel. Then, I put the seeds in a warm place. Pre-soaking will accelerate the germination time. The quicker you get the seed to sprout the greater its chances for survival will be.
I am planting the seeds in pre-soaked peet pucks. The pucks are in a tray that is heated with a heat pad and covered with a plastic lid to keep the seeds warm and moist.