A Great Day at the Garden!

Via on Mar 13, 2011

A Great Day at the Garden

I took a chance and planted sprouts yesterday…


The vendor, a Future Farmer of America student, confidently told me that the frosts were over. I bought 8 Big Boy tomato sprouts, 2 jalapeno and 2 bell pepper sprouts.

Just before Christmas, I planted seeds I’d accumulated from various sources: tomatillo, carrot, sweet cream and okra. But, they didn’t sprout because of cold weather.

So, yesterday I headed up to McRorie Community Garden in Gainesville, FL with my 12 sprouts.

A Great Day at the Garden

You can see the assortment of little weeds and manure surrounding this happy Big Boy sprout. I sometimes feel like I spend more time planting and pulling weeds than eating harvest. The garden has its own rewards.

A Great Day at the Garden

I’ve learned that many green plants are edible. Some taste better than others. Some don’t taste good at all. Others are inedible. It’s an education, but a worthwhile one. I’ve learned so much at workshops at Finca Mycol, the Hostel in the Forest, and Indigo Green Store.


It’s rather funny that we chuckle at traditional knowledge. Remember the TV show “Green Acres”? I’ll tell you what: when you’re faced with an aggressive rooster and that task of putting him back in his coop is daunting, traditional “simple living” might not seem so easy.

I’m going on a bike ride with a group in a few minutes. Right afterward, I’ll head over to the garden and see how my little sprouts fared in lasts night’s cold.

About Michael Levin

Michael loves sharing what he's learned about organic lifestyles like living off the grid and bicycle commuting. He calls it "lifestyle entrepreneurship". He's into organic gardening, mindful living, and realizes that we only have this life and each other. His favorite quote is "The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he's always doing both." (James A. Michener)

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3 Responses to “A Great Day at the Garden!”

  1. Tamara says:

    Here Here! :-) Well done and so true.

    • mikelevin says:

      Thanks, Tamara. Those sprouts I planted are growing. It's a great big learning experience. The payoff is tasty!

  2. The good news is that all the sprouts are fine. I think last night was the end of cold nights here in Gainesville. I like Daily Transformations, http://www.dailytransformations.com/ Tamara, especially the article about Tea Tree oil.

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