Well, to be honest, it’s just the same garden, it’s just that I’m thinking about it a bit more than usual, because I’m home more often, not going anywhere else as often. And I’m working on a project, that has brought gardens into the general conversation, as other people also, are staying home, and getting out more into the garden.
These Covid-19 Lock In times are a bit scary, really, when you think about it, so being in the garden, where Nature is in charge, and life is so much more predictable can be such a soothing thing for us. You plant seeds, and as long as they get sunshine and water, it is almost guaranteed the seeds will grow, and the plants you wanted, will arrive.
Many people have begun a new vegetable patch, when they’ve never had one before, or they may be extending what they have in their vegetable patch, so they are growing all of their vegetable needs, and don’t have to venture out to the shops to get them, they only need to go into the garden for them.
At the moment, in our garden vegetable patch, we have growing Snow Pea plants, Garlic, and possibly some baby spinach. I say possibly, because these plants are tiny, and they may be weeds, we’ll just have to wait and see how they go/grow … We have some other things growing soon too, there is another raised garden bed, manured up and ready to go, as soon as Graham, the main gardener is ready too!
I have fond memories of picking fresh Snow Peas last season. There’s nothing fresher than picked from the plant and popped into your mouth, to chew on and swallow, yum!
I’m spending most of my time inside though, working on another Covid-19 related thing – a book. The title of this book will be “Plague Invasion – Creative Writing Responses to Covid-19”. If things go to plan, this book, an anthology, will be finished and printed, ready to be launched in early 2021. I’ve put a call out to the online world, and to writers and poets I know, for poetry and prose, to go into this book.
The works are coming in, the book is growing, larger and larger, as I insert each new piece of writing. I’ve made the decisions about this project, and have noted the feedback received, and adjusted things accordingly. It’s looking good so far, but is definitely not enough of a book yet, I have more work to do in placing already received works, and also getting more in.
All contributors whose work is accepted will receive a free copy of the book (postage and handling must to be paid for if you live outside of Australia). I’m excited about the growth of this ‘plant’ and hope the product is delicious!
If this interests you, I am asking for submissions of up to three poems (thirty lines or fewer), and/or up to three pieces of prose, with a total word for the three combined of 2,000 words. Submissions are to be sent to email@example.com before 31 July 2020, and I hope to find your words arrive in my inbox soon!
I’ve been blogging about this project quite often, and if you’d like to read more about it, go to my writing blog