Day 136 – 2,024 Words/Day Process Log – Doing What Works

I’m in gardening mode now, so that means that I watch a lot of gardening videos. I figure if I can learn one new thing and test it, it will be worth my time, and I’ve found some excellent creators doing great work in the urban environment with bucket gardening.

But there are also some folks who are just misinformed. But they have a microphone. And they speak confidently into the camera. They’re newbie gardeners obviously, but if you’re a newbie gardener you wouldn’t be able to tell.

An example is a lady who actually planted mint in her yard. Like, I don’t know one gardener who would plant mint in anything except a container. Don’t get me wrong, mint is awesome. It’s easy to grow, a perennial (which means it comes back every year) and makes wonderful teas – hot and cold. Mint is also invasive. If you plant mint in your yard, you will soon have a mint yard.

I was warned of this when I bought my mint plant at a charity garden sale. Since then, I’ve seen several warnings and horror stories. Yes, this creator on YouTube only said to “be careful” when planting it in a yard. A seasoned gardener would tell you to keep it in a container, not a raised bed, a container and has proper respect for the invasive properties of this herb.

Another creator talked about how buying a bell pepper plant wasn’t worth the money, that you’ll only get 2 or 3 peppers. Like, what?

My family loves bell peppers. We cook with them all the time and can’t get enough of them. I bought 2 bell pepper plants at the beginning of the season to give me time to grow from seed. I started doing this since there was a summer when only one pepper seedling grew to maturity. Last year, we were able to supply 3 households with beautiful bell peppers all summer from those 2 plants.

 The thing with gardening is that no garden is the same – there are different soil types, locations, and experiences of the gardener. Though I love watching my gardening videos, I know that I need to experiment. The only thing that matters is what works. And I can only find out what works by doing.

And that’s for more than gardening.

Keep moving forward. Keep getting better.

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As of Day 136, – 5/15/24

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

207,588/275,264/ 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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