I have a fairly logical mind and am also trained in the sciences. I've always appreciated how well many science related skills have wide application to everyday activities.
In gardening, to my mind, there is no substitute for those daily walks and close observation. I mean really close observation of almost everything, from the ground to the tip of the tallest plants. The role of systematic trial and error also applies extremely well to gardening, and other home related problems. In the garden, the gardener doesn't state a formal hypothesis, at least not usually. But isn't that what we really end up doing. We identify the problem. We hypothesize a cure. We experiment to test our hypothesis. If the hypothesis is rejected, then we devise a new hypothesis or devise a new experiment. That may be one reason that I'm so drawn to gardening. It is like a never ending puzzle. You can never do things perfectly right or know the perfect answer. There is a huge number of ever changing variables, such that what was correct last year has to be modified this year. And the challenge repeats year after year, always keeping the game fresh and stimulating new interest.
So anyway for any who need a refresher, here are some basic steps.
1. Close observation
2. State or identify the problem when some issue is detected
3. Research the problem.
4. Hypothesize a solution
4. Establish strategies to test that hypothesis
5. If the test is successful, then great. Otherwise either try a new strategy or consider whether or not alternative hypotheses exist.
6. Continue trial and error testing until you succeed.
7. Sometimes even failure gives direction, for instance in helping you decide what crops are suitable for your location and/or temperament.
Happy gardening to all of you scientists out there!