Day 114 Reporting – 2,024 Words/Day Process Log – Seeds

Today I dumped a bunch of basil seeds in my Earthbox. The Earthbox is a self-watering container garden that my dad and I use as an incubator to baby plants before going out into the harsh big garden. It’s the start of my 2024 gardening season and it got me thinking about seeds.

There are a couple of reasons why I planted basil. The herb supposedly increases the flavor of the tomato plants when they’re close together. They’re also a gorgeous plant that gets to be about knee high and I love the way they smell.

I don’t need 8 plants. Yet. I planted 8 seeds because I’m planning for things not to work out. These seeds are for the 2024 season so germination rate will be in the high 90s. I’m growing an heirloom variety, so I’ll be able to save the seeds. All seeds should germinate, but they won’t need to. At most, I’ll need 2 plants. If all 8 plants grow, I’ll just give them to my sister and brother-in-law.

What I’m getting at is that I give myself a ton of grace when it comes to gardening. I plant more seeds than what I need. If the seed doesn’t germinate in the time frame listed on the packet, I start some more seeds. I’ll even plant different varieties of the same plant to determine what does well in my garden.

Gardens have hard deadlines. It makes no sense to only plant one variety a season. It does make sense to dedicate one season to testing out different varieties of a vegetable though from the outside it may seem strange.

The frost is coming. No amount of finagling will make a difference. Get as many varieties in the ground as possible. When I see pests, I test different ways of getting rid of them and if some of the plants don’t survive my experiments, then that’s the reason for a gardening notebook so that I’ll learn and won’t make the same mistakes next year.

I’ve been thinking of ways of how to think about my stories. I think that thinking of them as seeds and varieties is the way to go. If a story doesn’t work, no worries. Try another genre or another take of the idea. Some stories won’t work. It’s not a surprise when it happens. It’s a consequence of writing. Everything won’t work. Take the lesson and do better the next season.

Keep moving forward. Keep getting better.

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As of Day 114, – 4/23/24

# of Words I Wrote/# of Words Written To Be on Track/Year Goal

188,907/ 230,736 / 740,784

About Irette Y Patterson

Irette Y Patterson is a writer of fantasy, science fiction, and romance. She has been published in FIYAH, Strange Horizons, Translunar Travelers Lounge and on the website of The Saturday Evening Post. When not writing, you can find her digging around in her garden or catching the latest musical in the theater.
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