Day 137 – 2,024 Words/Day Process Log- Build

You know how you learn things and then somehow forget them? In my case, it’s about saving seeds.

I recently learned how to harvest marigold seeds and plan on making use of that knowledge for next year. What’s important about it is that it’s keeping the seeds of the plants that survived or, better than that, thrived in my area.

I knew that. I mean, I even have seeds that I saved from my 2022 garden that recently germinated. But I looked at it as a cost saving measure and a way of being assured that I could always access the heirloom varieties that I liked.

The thought of selecting seeds for their properties was one I thought about years ago when I had a home and a backyard of my own. One TikTok reminded me of that old goal. The woman lived in a climate where it was hard to grow basil. So, she was going to let it go to seed.

Now, when you let basil go to seed, the flavor changes and the leaves are no longer as good for cooking. She, however, was looking toward the long term. She was willing to sacrifice one plant (and I have to add that it only takes one plant to go to seed because one plant produces soo many seeds) for the future.

I don’t know how many basil seeds she planted or how many experiments she had to run to get that one plant. She only needed one, though.

And next year, her germination rate will be higher and so will the basil plants able to withstand in her environment. And in five years, she’ll have a garden of vegetables and herbs able to thrive in her environment. That’s something that can’t be bought. It just costs time.

Keep moving forward. Keep getting better.

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Tracking

As of Day 137, – 5/16/24

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

208,032/277,288/ 740,784

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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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