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Sprout! by Alan Vengel, Greg Wright

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Persistent Seeding

The third Saturday morning of April broke windy and colder. The warm weather that the region had been enjoying recently was a memory. The weather had begun to turn the night before, but Marsha had spent about an hour in her garden anyway, carefully removing some debris that had disturbed a seeded area and making sure that everything was getting enough water—she did this most evenings after getting home, especially in the fragile early growing season.

When Marsha woke up, she could feel the chill in her bones. “I wonder if I caught a cold working in the garden last night,” she thought.

But after her initial foray into the sales garden the past week or so, nothing short of typhoid fever would keep Marsha from heading down to ...

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