Cropping Assignment Progress… And other stuff

Well, I am happy to report that my seeds germinated… Yeah me!!! In the first week after germination they are doing well.

I keep a daily written and photo log to track their progress and in the next few weeks I’ll be adding two more crops to my daily activities.

My work is more detailed than what is required by the assignment but I am looking at this as a long-term investment and not a short-term grade. The more I understand how things grow and the fine nuances in a controlled environment with access to people who can guide me, the better I will do when we are on our own in Angoon.

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So, you are seeing my foibles as well… I did not do a very good job of getting my seeds evenly spaced when sowing them. I have a nice big clump (or two) and then empty space. Oh well, live and learn.

As far as my other work in class, I am struggling a bit with Plant ID. We are learning seven to nine new plants per week. A lot of information to remember and my last quiz had me scratching my head.

It wasn’t that I couldn’t identify the key characteristics of the plant, my brain froze and the genus/species and common names completely flew out of my head… Until I turned in my quiz. 😞 Then they flew right back in.

I would do so much better if it was a verbal quiz where I could go out into the arboretum and point out the plant on the list. But, that isn’t how they do it. I’ll just keep plugging away at memorizing and know that I am learning how to identify the plants in ways that will allow me to refer to resources that I can use to make positive ID’s, at least until they are burned into my brain.

That will happen. I am slowly replacing health administration data and information with horticulture information. Pretty soon you’ll ask me something about Medicare or Medicaid or human resources and I’ll give you a blank stare. Hopefully sooner rather than later!

I am NOT missing that work (or management work) AT ALL!

Lately I’ve been struggling with motivation. Feeling down and really wanting to tuck myself away in hibernation until things change. Unfortunately, things aren’t going to change if I don’t get to them.

What is dragging me down? The enormity of what I need to get done in the next year and how I am going to do and pay for it all.

We have so much stuff to sort and cull. And not just our own stuff. I’m tempted to just get rid of it all. That is the goal anyway, what am I talking about! 😜

But even then, I still have to sort and cull. A never-ending cycle. It wears me out.

I know I will come out of this funk. It is a cycle.

~ Molly

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