Grow Write Guild #10: This Plant is Driving Me Nuts


We all have one plant (or a few) that we do not understand. For me it was radish. In my first few years as a rooftop gardener, every radish crop I tried to grow came out wooden, under-sized, and pathetic. Radishes are easy to grow (given the right conditions) and I eventually figured out what it was that I was doing wrong. These days I can look back on that time and laugh, but in the moment my so-called “failure” in this area was a bit demoralizing.

Grow Write Guild Prompt #10: Write about a plant that you do not understand. You tried. It died. What does it want?

    Further Notes & Questions:

  • Is this a plant you are currently struggling with, or one that you’ve had problems with in the past?
  • If this is a past plant, was there resolution? Were you ever able to get it to work?
  • Do you know why you have (or have had) problems with this particular plant? Or is it still a mystery?
  • Consider writing this as a mystery using all of the cheesy mystery genre hallmarks.

The Grow Write Guild is a creative writing club for people who love to garden. Everyone is welcome to participate! Click over to the Grow Write Guild FAQ to learn more about it.

Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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8 thoughts on “Grow Write Guild #10: This Plant is Driving Me Nuts

  1. Hi Gayla,
    it took me a while!
    But I got there!
    A bit like trying to grow Basil!
    Really enjoying the prompts
    love Nicola
    Sunny(for a change! UK XX

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