Post by Kerrie
A few months back I had a post about our brand new NSA (neighborhood supported agriculture) garden that we share with some neighbors. After all the rain and snow we received early on in the season, the garden is finally thriving.
When we first sowed the seeds and planted the fragile seedlings, I wanted to do something to protect the plants from harmful insects without using pesticides. I read somewhere that marigolds can deter unwanted insects.
I liked this idea. I envisioned a border of cute, 6" marigold all the way around the garden bursting with yellows and oranges. I happened to have a packet of seeds laying around that I had gotten in some box of cereal. Perfect. I planted the seeds and smiled. This was going to be the best garden ever.
As the summer went on, the garden began to flourish and the border of marigolds was joining in the fun. But instead of stopping at a cute 6" height, the marigolds kept growing and growing and growing (and no flowers yet). My husband kept asking if I was sure I planted marigolds.
"Yes, I am sure they were." I kept insisting.
When they hit about the 2 foot mark something had to be done. They were starting to shield the sun from the peppers and onions. I wasn't worried about the pumpkins and cucumbers because they are strong viney plants with an attitude--they can take care of themselves. But I had to save the rest of the veggies. So I pulled out some of the marigolds and replanted them somewhere else in the yard where they wouldn't bully any small fragile plants. So much for my original garden vision.
Has this ever happened with your writing? You have a vision of where you want your story or article to go, but somewhere along the way something goes wrong. You take your characters on a bunny trail, or you include unnecessary information or you put some bizarre twist in the middle of your story that makes no sense.
I know I have done it and I am sure most writers have as well. What do you do to fix this when it happens? Do you have any outrageous examples of a time this happened to you?
What did I learn from all this? Things don't always go as planned and never trust seeds from a cereal box.