The Seeds of Spring: Lessons from the Garden

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Steve Bates, Nov 19, 2010 - Gardening - 184 pages
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"The Seeds of Spring; Lessons from the Garden" follows the adventures of a suburban resident who takes up gardening on a plot on a horse farm, an event that changes his life in many unexpected ways. Steve plunges into the foreign world of chickens, tractors and predatory wildlife and becomes inspired by John, the quirky owner of the farm who seems to have discovered the secret path to happiness. "The Seeds of Spring" follows the challenges, failures, joys and revelations that Steve experiences as he cultivates vegetables, fruit and flowers in a remarkable setting. The book intertwines practical, "how-to" gardening advice with deep insights as Steve recognizes the richness and simplicity of the outdoor life and the importance of sustainability for individuals and the planet. "The Seeds of Spring" takes the reader beyond the ordinary, revealing the extraordinary in everyday activities amid the all-too-familiar setting of suburban sprawl. Written in the spirit of "Under the Tuscan Sun" and "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek," "The Seeds of Spring" is a must-read for every gardener and every would-be gardener who is looking for a better understanding of the gardening experience or deeper meaning in their life.
 

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Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
5
Section 3
11
Section 4
16
Section 5
24
Section 6
27
Section 7
30
Section 8
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Section 24
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Section 25
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Section 26
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Section 27
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Section 28
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Section 29
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Section 30
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Section 31
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 23
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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Section 39
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Section 40
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Section 41
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Section 42
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Section 43
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Section 44
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Section 45
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Steve Bates is a longtime gardener and journalist. He grew up in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., where he still lives. Steve received a scholarship from the Virginia chapter of Sigma Delta Chi, the Society of Professional Journalists, and he received a bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary. He has won numerous awards for his writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and the Internet. He spent 14 years as a reporter and editor at The Washington Post. This is Steve's first book, inspired by his love of gardening and writing. He also enjoys baseball, travel and photography. Follow him on www.theseedsofspring.com.

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