It always feels a little bit foolish to put seeds directly into the ground. Even though I know it takes a week or two for the little seedlings to germinate, along day five I start scrutinizing the ground to see if anything is coming up. On my home from work, there is a house with a garden. Their rows are always so straight, their ground so level - and they seem to put in seedlings rather than direct seeding. I admire that garden.
My garden, however, is on a slight incline. My rows are not neat and straight, because I do everything by hand (digging rather than tilling, etc) and I direct seed, so I have only a vague idea whether I got the seeds in a straight line. I am kind of a toss it in and hope it grows kind of gardener - at least in the outside garden. The containers in the greenhouse kind of keep me a bit more organized in the "inside" garden.
All gardening is an act of faith. I guess that is why so many of the parables in the Bible are agricultural in nature. You have to have faith (or, I do, living in a rainforest) that there will be enough sun, enough, but not too much rain, that the chickens won't eat the seeds, that the all the conditions are right for seeds to germinate, to grow, and to produce. I will be finishing my Spring act of faith this weekend when I dig up the second half of the garden and plant more cabbage, roots, and leaves.