The Professor & Her Garden

Good soil. Good students. And maybe some decent English peas.

About

I don’t know much about gardening.

Since I’ve been a professor for over 20 years, I’d like to think I know a bit about academics.  Truth be told, however, I still have a lot to learn!  I’m on sabbatical this year where my goals are to get my head deep into my research and to refresh, renew, and restore my day-to-day life.

And, hence, the garden.  If ever there was a concrete example for hope, it would be in a garden.  Despite my ignorance about dirt and plants, however, my limas, snap peas, tomatoes, garden peas and lettuce refuse to believe that I wish them harm.  Instead, have responded enthusiastically to my meager attempts and are growing!

A garden is not unlike what happens in the classroom.  My students, too, have to trust that I know what I’m doing.  They, too, respond to my attempts.  They, too, grow during the semester.

My blog, The Professor & Her Garden, chronicles the progress of my first-ever garden.  My blog, My Year Away, chronicles my sabbatical.  I write about my frustrations with administrative work (which I have recently left behind), my anxieties about rebuilding my research career, and the joys of all the other things I’m experiencing during my sabbatical.  Including my garden.  Thanks for reading!

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12 thoughts on “About

  1. I started gardening about 15 years ago when I bought my first house. Flowers though as opposed to vegetables. Sometimes I’ll grow tomatoes and I have a blackberry bush and inherited rhubarb. I’m in my third house since then – so my gardens keeps changing! Good luck with the garden and sabbatical.

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  2. What a lovely idea for a blog. I started growing vegetables three years ago on moving to the countryside (Yorkshire Dales, UK) and always meant to do a blog/diary about it! It has been very absorbing and refreshing – and I will look forward to reading more about how you have found it.

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  3. Please don’t feel compelled to follow through on this, but I nominated you for the “One Lovely Blog” Award: http://sappyasatree.wordpress.com/2014/10/06/one-lovely-blog-award/
    And, I have really done it, I see: I also nominated your other blog, My Year Away. BOth Are good blogs.

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  4. I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. Details here! http://grynelle.wordpress.com/2014/10/12/one-lovely-blog-award/

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  6. Hi, Grynnie: Thanks so much for nominating me for the blog award. That’s quite lovely of you.

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  7. I love your blog and have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. I see I’m not the first, so please don’t feel any pressure to respond to all the requirements again. Just keep your lovely blog going and enjoy your garden.

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    • Thanks, Caroline. I’m honored that so many people have nominated me for the OLBA. I don’t know why I’m hesitant to accept it; but I can’t seem to make myself post anything about it. But, please know that I really appreciate you thinking of me and my blog!

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      • It’s taken me a while and I didn’t find it easy to do so I totally understand your comment here and it’s why I said there’s no obligation from me for you to do anything about it. I have though had a whole bunch of lovely replies like this one of yours because I did do it, so once again I’m encouraged by the general loveliness of the blogging community I’ve encountered so far.

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  8. Hi Professor! Your blog looks very interesting– I’ve always wanted to garden, but haven’t made the time to get started yet!

    I wanted to drop you a quick line to let you know I posted an interview I did with a fellow blogger the other day and in the interview she mentioned your blog as one of her favorites. I thought you’d probably like to know in case you wanted to thank her 🙂

    If you are interested in checking it out, it’s on the Interviews page of my blog, and it’s Interview #4.

    Happy Holidays!

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