Written by Steve Bates, “The Seeds of Spring—Lessons from the Garden” documents the compelling adventures of a product of the suburbs who takes up gardening on a plot on a horse farm, an event that changes his life in many unexpected ways.
Used to sitting behind a desk or racing around the Washington, D.C., area reporting on government, politics and crime, 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.