Did you know that creating a garden is a lot like writing romantic suspense?
Let’s begin with my “gardening” adventures. When we built our new home, the foundation sat on a sea of red clay, broken only by the trees we attempted to save and the rocks we discovered every time we stuck a pick ax in the ground. If top soil ever existed, we never saw it. The builder spread a couple truckloads of mulch and seeded fescue. So, that first winter, we had swatches of lush green lawn, surrounding islands of brown mulch.
Unfortunately, the course didn’t teach me how to tell whether a plant flourishing in my backyard was a weed, some scary invasive species, or a native plant I ought to encourage. I remained clueless about what to plant, where to plant it, and how to keep it alive. I am still learning these things—from avid gardeners who are kind enough to share their knowledge (as well as plants), from trial and error, from visiting other gardens, and from doing.
If you’re committed to being an author (or a gardener), I don’t think you can ever stop learning. I hope I never do. What learning avenues do you value most as you strive to improve your craft?