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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 [...]

Submit your idea for BlogHer Food ’12 in Seattle

Knock knock knock. Hello? Are you out there? Yeah, you. There on the other side of the screen. I know…it has been a long more-than-a-year of neglecting this blog, and I always swore to myself I wasn’t going to be one of those bloggers who apologized to their readers for an absence, so trust me, [...]

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 [...]

Running out of tomato time

While I might have ripening tomatoes in the works, what I don’t have is a whole lot of time. You might think I’m talking about the change in seasons, but the problem has nothing to do with the rotation of the Earth around the Sun. No, no. This is closer to the kind of problem [...]

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 [...]

Watering results in only partial success

The experiment in which I actually water the plants has now been in effect for approximately two weeks, give or take a watering or two. While I was gone to New York for a family reunion, Fatemeh picked up the slack in my stead, and had the pleasure of learning just how much water two [...]

Water: It’s a good thing

My very first California tomato blossom did not, indeed, yield a tomato. Instead, it fell victim to whatever was causing the yellowing of the plant. It browned. It shriveled. It most certainly did not transition to a fruit. This, which in my world constitutes an emergency, spurred my research into what might be killing all [...]

Tomato plants should not be yellow

“Do you realize the tomato plants are turning yellow?” Fatemeh asked one day. I probably turned a little yellow myself. I had, indeed, noticed, but in my usual manner, had been trying to ignore it. I had also developed a convoluted set of theories that explained the problem. For example: We are downwind of a [...]

Are we there yet?

After I planted the seedlings, the waiting game began. I watered, I pruned suckers out of the junctures between branches, and I watched for any sign of blossoms. “When will we have tomatoes?” Fatemeh asked. “Probably 45 days or so,” I said, as if I was any kind of authority on the matter, and, indeed, [...]

A celebration four years in the making

Every year, it arrives before I know it. My Mom celebrates her birthday on May 4, usually Mother’s Day comes a few days or even a week after that, and somewhere right in the middle, my blog celebrates another anniversary. Today, this blog turns four. And I’m not going to lie to you…it makes me [...]