The Inadvertent Gardener as a blog title always intrigued me. Isn’t that like the “accidental tourist?” Apparently. Genie states at the top of her blog, “Need garden advice? Then you probably shouldn’t send me an email.” – lol. That’s great, and an awesome name for a blog. Get to meet her here…
When did you start gardening as a hobby?
While there are plenty of people with a penchant for gardening, I have never been one of those people. I either over-watered or under-watered, and next thing I knew, whatever green thing I tried to coax along into healthy existence had withered and died.
In September 2005, I moved to Iowa City. In April 2006, I decided to overcome my black thumb heritage and plant some herbs in a couple of pots. (Details here) Next thing I knew, I had a garden.
The garden itself was Steve’s idea. He’s my boyfriend, and the one who suggested that I give up the pot habit in lieu of working directly with the dirt.
Why did you start blogging about your garden/ gardening topics?
I’d been looking for a way into the blogosphere for awhile, but didn’t want to write a boring blog about my daily eating habits, who I hung out with at a bar, and what movie I like in any given week. I think the market on political ranting is more than covered, and I know better than to blog about work. It wasn’t until Steve and I actually started planting the garden that it occurred to me that this might be the perfect thing to write about. First of all, it was all new information to me, which meant I’d have plenty to research and address. Second, I figured I was going to be spending a lot of time on the Internet anyway, figuring out what in the world to do with this rectangle of dirt and the green things we’d put in it. Third, gardening was so out of character for me that I figured it couldn’t help but be funny to chronicle.
What’s the best gardening tip you picked up along the way?
Dad told me every gardener should plant twice as much as they can possibly eat. That way there’s plenty for the pests and still something left over to enjoy!
If you had to start your garden again from scratch, what would be the first thing you would do and why?
I would move it across the yard. Due to an unfortunate misunderstanding between us and our landlord, we placed the initial plot next to the wrong fence (Details here), an inadvertent error that resulted in a lot of research, even more heartache, and a very long day of transplanting.
If you were only allowed to have one plant in your garden, what would it be?
Hands down, it would be a cherry tomato plant, particularly one that puts out really sweet fruit. I love pulling them off the plant and eating them right there in the garden, with the tomato pulp warm from sunbathing.
What will your garden look like in 10 years time?
First of all, I hope to be living somewhere in 10 years where I can garden, even if I’m back in a city and have to get creative with container gardening and rooftops or windowsills. Regardless, my 10-years-hence garden will have cooking herbs, probably will have more interesting varieties of tomatoes than Steve and I started with this year, and hopefully will be a little heavier on flowers. We planted marigolds to try to keep the aphids and rabbits away, but once we saw how pretty it was to have that color mixed in with the vegetables, we wished we’d planted more flowers. What I know for sure is that I’ll have some sort of plant action going on. This stuff is highly addictive…