seedbed

[seed-bed]
noun
1.
land prepared for seeding.
2.
a plot of ground for seedlings.
3.
a place of development; source.

Origin:
1650–60; seed + bed

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seedbed (ˈsiːdˌbɛd)
 
n
1.  a plot of land in which seeds or seedlings are grown before being transplanted
2.  the place where something develops: the seedbed of discontent

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Example sentences
Continue to plant seeds of perennials and biennials, and keep the seedbed moist to insure germination.
But the city has been a seedbed for nearly a thousand new ventures in the last
  few years.
Annual grains require a firm level seedbed free of weeds and other competing
  vegetation.
Use a no-till drill or broadcast seeds after tillage and compaction of the
  seedbed.
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