My daughter and I got all grubby and 'earthy' by planting some of the seeds this afternoon. She really enjoyed it, as she's been planting things and learning all about seeds and plants at nursery, so I'm carrying on the theme at home. Not only is it a lot of fun, it's educational too, and I was asking her questions about what a seed needs to grow and she reeled them off no trouble! I will also be saving money when (if!) the crops come in. Do you know how much a small bag of mixed salad leaves in the supermarket is?! I have an expert who lives to the back of my house, and as I've never grown Peppers before and he does, he's going to be seeing a bit more of me begging for his advice!
I think growing my own vegetables will help my writing too, as the process is not unlike writing a short story, poem or novel. I start off with a seed (idea). I plant it (write some notes). Water it (add more notes). Leave it in a warm place for a couple of weeks (think about it and let the ideas take root). Replant the seedling into a bigger pot whan it's grown enough ( Pull my notes out and let the ideas shoot and grow into a more substantial piece. )
But that's not the end of it; I have to keep watering it (allow the new shoot to keep growing. )Keep it in the sunlight and warmth (not hide it away for months in a dark cupboard where it will die). Prune it to encourage stronger growth (edit it). Only after all this love and care will the fruit or vegetables (publication) and the success of our labour be found.
It takes a lot of patience to garden, and write. It takes time for things to grow. I didn't plant all of the seeds today as I didn't want twenty tomato plants to reach maturity at the same time, so I will be staggering my planting to hopefully ensure a steady supply of vegetables throughout the season. I take the same attitude with my writing. I have ideas in various notebooks, I have a few rough, first drafts of writing, and a few that have been edited and a few that are ready to send out. That way I have a steady flow of work going out and a steady flow of either rejection letters of acceptances coming in. It certainly softens the blow when you have a rejection and acceptance in the same week! And it saves hanging about twiddling my thumbs when I've sent work out waiting for the verdict to come in. Don't hang about - get another piece of writing out!
I find growing things very relaxing and I hope it will give me time to think about writing and provide me with inspiration while I'm tinkering about in my mini greenhouse! So look out Wrekin Writers who attend the july/Aug meetings - I hope you all like tomatoes, peppers, salad leaves and runner beans! And anyway , growing your own veg is obviously the 'hip' and 'cool' thing to do, as my four yr old daughter said when we were planting "I love planting, it's rock and roll!"
Happy writing and 'growing.'