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Three years, one post at a time

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.

21 Comments on “Three years, one post at a time”

  1. #1 Three years « Blog Archive « 365 in 2009
    on May 6th, 2009 at 8:25 am

    [...] marks three years since my first post on The Inadvertent Gardener. What a wild ride it’s been… [...]

  2. #2
    on May 6th, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Congratulations! I’ve been following your blog for almost that whole time, I think (mostly under my old blog name, Smart Tart). It’s been lovely to watch your journey, and very informative as well. I’ll always be grateful for the way you publicized the black walnut-tomato issue! That definitely helped me position my tomatoes appropriately a couple summers ago.

    Keep up the great work!

  3. #3 inadvertentgardener
    on May 6th, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Amelia, ah — you’re the Smart Tart girl! Yay! I’m putting it all together now. Thanks for following along from one blog to another, and thanks for the good wishes.

  4. #4 Diana Foss
    on May 6th, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Happy Anniversary! Here’s to many more years of happy activity!

  5. #5 inadvertentgardener
    on May 6th, 2009 at 11:19 am

    Diana, thank you so much!

  6. #6 the redGOOSE
    on May 6th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Good Going inadvertentgardener! Happy three years to you!

  7. #7 inadvertentgardener
    on May 6th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    redGOOSE!!! Thank you, my young Paduan.

  8. #8
    on May 6th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Congratulations on three years! Hope you get your garden plot soon.

  9. #9 Anita / Married ...with Dinner
    on May 6th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Happy blogiversary! We’re glad you’re celebrating it here. :)

  10. #10 inadvertentgardener
    on May 6th, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    Lucia, thanks…me too. :-)

    Anita, so am I…believe me…SO AM I. :-)

  11. #11
    on May 7th, 2009 at 3:03 am

    Happy Blogoversary Genie!

  12. #12 Stuart
    on May 7th, 2009 at 5:14 am

    Awesome congrats Genie. It’s been lovely reading many of your posts over the past 3 years as well. Here’s to another 3.

  13. #13 inadvertentgardener
    on May 7th, 2009 at 7:14 am

    Sally and Stuart, thank you so much! :-)

  14. #14 Ree
    on May 7th, 2009 at 8:35 am

    Genie, your blog was one of the first I found when I started trying to figure out what to do with this huge yard that I ended up with. I’ve enjoyed coming along on your journey…

    Thank you – and Happy Blogiversary!

  15. #15
    on May 7th, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Genie, we are almost the same age — my blog will turn three next month, so I know how much work goes into maintaining Inadvertent at such a high level for that long. Congratulations on reaching the milestone, and thanks for all of the wonderful inspiration you’ve provided to a neophyte gardener like me.

  16. #16 Amigo de Pedro
    on May 7th, 2009 at 1:30 pm


    Deb and I send our heartiest congrats! You’ve done a really cool thing.


  17. #17
    on May 7th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Congrats on making it through another year of blogging! I can completely relate to the feeling that blogging is part of who you are – I also can’t imagine giving it up.

  18. #18
    on May 7th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Wow, three years. That’s about 20 years in blog time isn’t it. I know you’ve had a lot of changes, but I do think your life is taking a very good course right now. It’s been fun watching your adventures on the sidelines!

  19. #19 inadvertentgardener
    on May 8th, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Ree, thanks so much! I hope I haven’t turned your yard into a disaster zone. ;-)

    Lydia, I can’t wait to celebrate your milestone with you, too!

    Gary, thanks so much to you and Deb — the Vermont-y greetings are much appreciated. :-)

    Becks, thanks so much! Yeah…I think you and I are doomed to write for a long time. :-)

    Kalyn, I think you’re right — blog years are much like dog years. ;-) Thanks for all the support and friendship you’ve given me over the three years — it’s so appreciated.

  20. #20 Al_Pal
    on Feb 5th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Awww, hurray. ;)

  21. #21 inadvertentgardener
    on Feb 5th, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Al_Pal, thanks! :-)

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