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Being a working parent is like a big game of whack-a-mole. Issues pop up at work, at home, out in the rest of my life, sometimes more than one at a time, and I try to knock them off the list, frantically beating them back one at a time. There’s no way to get ahead [...]

A return to story-telling in 2015

For the past couple years, for one reason or another, I couldn’t garden. I didn’t have the space, or when I did have some space, I didn’t have the time, and then, for a good portion of this year, I wasn’t allowed to work in the dirt. As it turns out, gardening is not recommended [...]

Green Thumb Sunday: Spider at the heart

Gardeners, plant and nature lovers can join in Green Thumb Sunday every week. Visit As the Garden Grows for more information.

Alinea and my 40th

A couple of weeks ago, I turned 40. 40! It hardly seems possible, since most of the time I feel more like I’m 39. The occasion had to be marked properly, and therefore, I bought tickets for The Unicorn and I to dine at Alinea on my birthday night. I had been dreaming of eating [...]

Introducing The Unicorn

So, I have come to the point where I can’t tell any more stories without introducing you, Good People of the Internet, to someone new. To be fair, he’s not so new to me (though he makes every day feel new, which is, perhaps, better than his actually being new). But until now (admittedly because [...]

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 [...]

A temporary goodbye

I have started and stopped this post approximately 3,042 times in the past three days. Say it? Don’t say it. Say it? Don’t say it. It’s all a little exhausting. But it’s time to spit out what I’ve been somewhat loathe to actually put on the page. It’s time, for a whole variety of reasons, [...]

Tomatoes, at exactly the right time

This morning, I breakfasted on tomatoes. This wouldn’t ordinarily be a big deal. After all, it is still tomato season in California. I’ve been breakfasting on tomatoes since they showed up at the markets this year. In fact, this time of year, it’s not odd in the slightest for me to have more tomatoes on [...]

The (OK-not-really) fashionable tomato plant

Before I even left for Burning Man, I was concerned about one of the tomato plants. There was a single branch hanging down, bearing one very green, very heavy tomato. This struck me as a Very Bad Thing – the weight was certain to snap the branch at some point. But getting ready to attend [...]

Watch this space for stories of fire-breathing flowers

Once upon a time, there was a gardener, and she wasn’t actually very good at gardening, and she also, apparently, wasn’t very good at writing all the well-intentioned posts she had on her list to write. The end. Translation: I have much to share with you, good readers of the Interwebz, but life has been [...]