Day 145 – 2,024 Words/Day Process Log – Garden Tasks

I save the heavy lifting in my garden for the weekend. That’s when I transplant, weed and fertilize and start seeds. The weekdays are for watering and overall maintenance. I’ll note in my gardening notebook what’s flowering and look over the garden to catch any problems before they get too far.

It’s an ebb and flow.

Just like summer is a busy time, fall is a different type of activitiy. I’m already looking to how I want my fall garden to progress. As a beginner gardener, I planted anything that was pretty. Now I’m looking at the foods that I eat on a regular basis, for example, carrots.

I eat carrots every day as part of my breakfast. It’s a way that I know I’ve eaten at least one vegetable before the world interrupts. But I’ve never successfully grown carrots. That’s on the list for experimentation for the fall/winter.

I’ve grown collards which is the traditional vegetable that my family eats as part of Sunday dinner and on New Year’s Day. The problem with collards, though, is that they’re dirty and they take a lot of work to cook. If I can solve those two major issues, we can eat homegrown collards on a weekly basis.

The garden is not a set it and forget it kind of endeavour. At least it’s not for me. It’s relaxing to walk the garden, inspect the tomato leaves while hearing the chatter of red cardinals. The birds are up and so am I.

At the least, I’ll run my fingers along the herbs in my garden and smell them on my fingers – mint, lemon balm, sage, rosemary. I am still a young enough gardener where the different smells and textures still amaze me.

Keep moving forward. Keep getting better.

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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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