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!