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The Inadvertent Gardener wants to hear from you

It has been an awfully long time — nearly five months — since I showed up here at The Inadvertent Gardener. It’s been something of a crazy ride — a new relationship, a move, a book project that got underway and then stagnated again, and a whole mess of other stuff — but it’s time to figure out where to take this blog going forward.

Unfortunately, the aforementioned move means that, once again, I am a gardener without any gardening space. I’m back in an apartment sans balcony, and that means no plants to speak of.

Ordinary people might just let the blog go and retire the name, but I would prefer to keep this venture afloat, even if it looks and feels a little different than it did a few years ago. However, to make this work, I want to hear from you, readers. What do you want to see on the Inadvertent Gardener going forward? What are the posts you love to read the most?

I’ve built a little survey that I’d love for you to take. I’ll collect answers over the next week or so, and then report back about where this is going. In the meantime, thanks for sticking around while I went dormant, and I hope to soon bring you new stories and photos of food, plants, and the occasional disaster.

5 Comments on “The Inadvertent Gardener wants to hear from you”

  1. #1 Gene
    on Mar 14th, 2011 at 10:23 am

    If you ever feel the need to get your hands dirty with some gardening, there’s always various community gardens in Oakland like City Slicker Farms or Funk Town Farm. Some others are shown on this map.

  2. #2 Karen Davis
    on Mar 14th, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Genie…I’ve missed TIG very much. I’m not a connossieur of blogs so my feedback might not be of great value BUT…here it is. I appreciate how clean and crisp your blog is. Your posts were funny and educational. I wasn’t worried when you didn’t have a garden I knew you’d still have fun garden/food content. I would enjoy hearing from you a few times a month and then maybe some guest gardeners…especially amateurs. Some of the pro sort of nauseate me. Gardeners aren’t always down to earth. You were/are though.

    I also think it would be fun to hear more about house plants…and meeting them just like you would a friends’ pet. Lots of indoor plants have some great stories associated with them.

    I’m staring at my raised bed down anxiously awaiting Mother’s Day when it’s safe to plant. In the meantime, I’m hoping to get my neighbor Kelly to plant a garden in Mike’s honor. She needs something growing at her house. You got me growing things and I hope to pay that forward with getting her going!

  3. #3 Marc
    on Mar 29th, 2011 at 2:46 am

    Genie, you and your blog is what inspired me to get started blogging as well – four or five years ago now.

    I’m glad you’ve held on to the blog. It has so many great past posts that are still relevant.

    I look forward to seeing what you do with the blog moving forward. I’m sure it will be great!

  4. #4 Meredith Bonny
    on May 10th, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Wow. I found you…gardening and in CA of all places.
    You look the exact same… and your writing is just as hysterical and witty and fun as I remembered.
    Who the heck am I???
    Okay, the Connection. Ring any bells, Reston, Herndon…. ahh good times. I forget who I was then… Meredith Dewey? God, it’s changed so many times. Just kidding… well, sorta. I have fond memories of rollerblading around our work complex as we were supposed to be ahh working and when off the wheels, going to Grateful Dead concerts… yeah!
    You gotta write me. Send me an email or something. Would love to catch up.
    You look great. I want to hear about all your adventures.
    Hopefully, talk soon!

  5. #5 Patti
    on May 19th, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    I also have missed you. Guess I am just hanging around waiting for you get that perfect tomato. Plus I like your writing and sense of humor. Also I once lived in Iowa, so I feel a definite kinship to you!!

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