Planting seeds is a miraculous thing. It is an act of faith to put a dry, lifeless seed in the soil and expect it to spring to life. Spring is so full of unexpected life and promise. I am completely surprised that peas, planted March 23 have come up and look great. In fact, they look very hardy and able to withstand stress. They’ve been through cold, dry, windy weather — and there they are, a testament to life-force.
The seedlings in the greenhouse, on the other hand, are comfort-bunnies. We have to cover them when they are cold, tuck them in at night, and water them regularly. Seeding plants in the greenhouse is more comfortable for human beings at this time of year. When the seedlings are big enough, and the weather is settled enough, these plants will be moved to a covered hoop house or right out into the field.