How do people find this blog? Well, they come via the usual ways: links from other blogs, personal referrals, or because I’ve hounded them over and over again.

But sometimes, people get here through totally unrelated searches. In the hopes that these will amuse you as much as they do me, here is a list of some of the most interesting:

  • schnauzers eating dirt
  • turn into a genie
  • why mosquitoes bite me
  • ice cream mock-up
  • how to get rid of bats in my basement
  • blue bagel flower
  • cooking pot sand recipes rejected
  • sick from eating sand
  • leaf genie
  • are caterpillars kosher?
  • America’s Funniest Home Videos+mantis
  • why was melody fired from sprout?
  • evidence gnomes elves faeries pictures
  • the green eggs and ham softball team
  • boom boom recipe
  • should I move to iowa city
  • ninja meditation
  • chipmunks in Las Vegas
  • Archeological Dig Snack Ideas
  • schmoopy no
  • guitar-shaped constellations
  • tomatoes expensive death
  • Crack Tofu
  • I want to be a girl
  • green grapes and you refused me
  • french fries with a side of freckles
  • beer for two dollars

*I don’t know if this searcher and the searcher for the previous term were one and the same, but I sense a certain increase in the hysteria volume…

19 Responses to “Wacky paths to the garden”

  1. 1 Jake June 9, 2006 at 5:57 pm

    Hi Genie, I’m Jake, aka sparkling idea monkey. I knew your boyfriend way back when he was the whitest white man in Africa. Now I mostly know him as the intellectual side of the Latrine Reader. Anyway, I just wanted to say hi. Hi. I found your website by searching for the address for my website. I can never remember the dang thing, and plus as you know, it’s waaay funner to google yourself. Carry on.

  2. 2 inadvertentgardener June 9, 2006 at 6:03 pm

    Good to see you, Jake! Glad I could help you find your way back to the latrine…stop by anytime!

    :-) Genie

  3. 3 Donna September 22, 2006 at 3:09 pm

    How did you find that — it is truly hysterical what people type as searches, but, equally funny, is that they pick up your site to look for the answers. By the way, why was melody fired from sprout? Inquiring minds would like to know. I really am enjoying your site alot — I should be off to look at other posts, but, you have an excellent sense of humor and are delightfully fun to read. Thanks.

  4. 4 inadvertentgardener September 24, 2006 at 9:19 am

    Donna, I get a list of the search terms people used as part of my blog stats…but yeah, hilarious, huh? I keep trying to learn the secrets of melody and sprout, but so far, no luck… Thanks for your sweet comments!

  5. 5 Patrick October 1, 2006 at 11:19 am

    Hi Genie,

    That’s funny, I was just thinking about making a post about this on my own blog, Bifurcated Carrots. Since blogs are often linked to from a lot of places, this makes them score high in search engines and in turn refer a lot of people to your site for funny reasons. In my case a lot of people find my blog when searching for carrot questions (even though my blog doesn’t have much to do with carrots): ‘How to grow carrots in a bottle’, ‘what do carrots look like when they are under ground’, ‘carrot beer’, the list just goes on and on. It’s funny that search engines work this way and how people can find your site in the most convoluted ways.

  6. 6 inadvertentgardener October 1, 2006 at 9:19 pm


    Yes — it’s a very strange list that comes up…I don’t even put half the oddities on this list! I love imagining the thinking that went into the search terms, and really enjoy reading them.

    Of course, I’ll also admit that I grin when the search terms turn up that someone’s searching for me, or for The Inadvertent Gardener.

    :-) Genie

  7. 7 Cheryl January 28, 2007 at 2:21 pm

    I found this site by the 9rules Community list and I am extremely thankful there are people who like to play in the dirt with a sense of humor!!

  8. 8 inadvertentgardener January 28, 2007 at 4:21 pm

    Cheryl, I’m so glad you found it! Thanks for stopping by.

  9. 9 Bumblebee (Robin) June 24, 2007 at 7:09 am

    This is hilarious! My blog is about my garden (a colonial theme garden). But occasionally I write about my travels. I have had a HUGE number of visits from people who found my site looking for information about ELVIS! ELVIS!!!??? Okay, I DID visit Graceland and there IS a fake photo of me with Elvis. But really. Why go to a gardening website to find Elvis info?

  10. 10 inadvertentgardener June 24, 2007 at 9:28 am

    Robin, people click on the strangest things…totally bizarre.

  11. 11 kate February 1, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Whenever I want to have a good laugh, I check out the search terms that brought people to my blog. Some of them are real winners. But ‘Harry Potter, Naked’ beats them all!

  12. 12 inadvertentgardener February 1, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    Kate, it definitely made me laugh — pretty hilarious!

  13. 13 stingylulu June 23, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    Words cannot describe how hard I laughed at this page. Tears were streaming down my face. Thanks for writing my new favorite blog!

  14. 14 inadvertentgardener June 24, 2008 at 9:49 am

    Stingylulu, thanks for reading! Glad I was able to give you a laugh.

  15. 15 Jeff August 30, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Great site. i found it by just surfing around. if you’re a new gardener to california (like me!) may i suggest you check out Sunset magazine. all around it’s a good time!

  16. 16 inadvertentgardener September 14, 2009 at 6:44 am

    Jeff, Sunset’s definitely a great publication. And welcome to gardening!

    And I encourage you to come on over to, where I’m now blogging — this blog is no longer filled with all the latest.

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