I’ve never planted asparagus, mostly because it requires that you stay in one place long enough to let it get up to speed. It takes three years from the time you plant the asparagus crowns until the asparagus is really going like gangbusters, and that, to me, has always seemed like an awful lot of patient waiting for a girl with an eye toward distraction and an inability to sit still.
If my blog started as an asparagus crown, by today, it would be ready for full production. Three years ago today, I started telling the story of a girl with a garden and no idea what to do with it.
My life during those three years has taken some incredibly unexpected turns, and last year’s anniversary post was written on my back porch in Iowa City, which now, feels very, very far away. At the time, I had no idea where I was going to live or what it was going to be like to set down roots in California, but I was hoping for greatness.
I can report that the grand experiment is working. I’m still waiting for an actual garden to go with the inadvertent part of the equation, but that’s a small detail. The seeds are planted and the right spot will show itself at the right season. In the meantime, I keep mental lists of what will go in the ground when the plot becomes available. I explore Oakland and San Francisco. I discover restaurants and eat local produce and take a lot of photographs along the way.
A lot of people ask me how I manage to keep up the blog (well, blogs…because one led to another, it seems…) in the midst of my busy life, and I usually just shrug. It seems a little weird to say out loud what I think: that it’s become such a part of who I am that I would miss it if it wasn’t around. That though I’m easily distracted, it turns out that three years, taken one post at a time, doesn’t seem like that long at all.
So, thanks to all the other garden and food bloggers who keep me inspired. And a very special thanks to all of you who have been reading along, whether that’s for the whole story or whether you just found your way here. Three cheers. To all of you.