Here is a useful tip for germinating seed for the vegetable garden.
Peppers and eggplants prefer 85 to 90 degrees to germinate and can take up to 3 weeks to come up. What we started doing last year is to wrap pepper and eggplant seed in a warm and moist paper towels and stick each variety in plastic sandwich bags. We place 3 pint jars filled with hot water in a small lunch box cooler, lay the bags of seeds on top of the jars, and put the lid on. I change the water in the jars about every 12 hours. This cuts the germination time down to 4-5 days.
From Dean Mullis Laughing Owl Farms